Creativity: Day 31 of 365

Creative Practice: Doodles

One month down!  I can’t believe how time has flown, or how crazy life has been.  I’ve done a lot of exercises here, I’m hoping to get to some more in-depth projects in the new year.  We’ll see what comes as I am trying less to control things and let what needs to come to fruition.  As a teacher, I have felt like I must constantly worry and over plan everything.  One of the reasons I wonder if I am in the right job, or perhaps I just need to change my thinking.  I’m already working on that.  My recent start at letting go has been illuminating and awe-inspiring.  Guess what?  It turns out I was never really in control anyways.  Letting go helps me be open to the good things.  I believe this month of creativity has begun to show me that.  I imagine the next eleven months of creativity will help me let go even more, help me grow, and teach me many lessons.

In anticipation of traveling, I packed supplies that I thought I would want to use. I have pastel pencils, watercolor pencils, and a whole mass of pens and markers. The problem? I feel completely uninspired by them. Add in the exhaustion of traveling, being sick, and spending as much time with family as I can. My art is kind of taking a back seat. I’m still doing it, but my attempts are feeble right now.

I am however craving painting. I want to paint so badly. I have ideas for that, but it’s not feasible right now. Going from hotel, to my sister’s apartment, and soon back on a plane again does not really allow me to paint. I’ll be home soon, and hopefully have some time to paint. Although with a part-time teaching gig coming up, I fear my creative time may be spent creating lessons and art projects for little ones.

For tonight. I did some Christmas Eve Doodles. I made confetti out of wishes for the next year. I was doing this watching the countdown in bed at the hotel. Right in the middle if this exercise, Ryan Seacrest starts talking about how the confetti dropped in Times Square comes from all over the world.  People write their wishes on each piece and mail it to New York City for the ball drop. I also read a friend Alyson’s blog post about an hour before. She presented a new alternative to resolutions. It’s a great post. Find it here. She talks about thinking about who you want to be in the new year. I kept this in mind as I made my confetti pieces.

I’m hoping to send out those good thoughts so that I leave behind the yuckiness that has been 2013 for me, and embrace a wild, new, wonderful 2014. It’s nothing exciting visually, but it got me thinking about what I wanted.

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Creativity : Day 30 of 365

Creative Endeavors:  Journaling

All the craziness of life, traveling, and the fact that it got really cold here in the midwest for this California girl have combined forces against my immune system.  I felt quite horrible today.  It started as a sinus infection, but soon involved my old friend abdominal pain.  Add hiccups most of the day, and it was a rough day.  Since I recently listened to an interview with Bernie Siegal about Art & Healing, I decided to draw and journal my pain.  I think it helped.  This is one of those more personal ones that I’ll keep just for me.  Exploring the relationship between art and healing is something I hope to delve into more.

Creativity: Day 28 of 365

Creative Practice: updating blog, reviewing year, planning

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20131228-221156.jpg20131228-221203.jpgI spent a good portion of today catching up on this blog. Although I have been doing my daily creative practice, somewhere between searching for a job, a death in the family, two job interviews, needing new brakes, finishing Christmas gifts, and the holidays, I got very far behind. Today I caught up. Yay me! Spending all this time immersed in my blog has helped me define how I see it a little more. As I have started and worked on the blog, I have kind of changed things up and tried different ways of working. I think I am pretty settled on a more regular format. I will do my best to post everyday for the 365 Project, even if it is just short and sweet. I would like to do a more formal weekly blog article on various topics related to the creation of art. My plan is to post those every weekend. I am hoping the more organized format will still give me the freedom to put as little or as much as I like each day for my 365 Days of Creativity, while allowing me to delve a little deeper once a week.

I also spent some time planning and doing some of those it’s-almost-a-new-year activities. I started some lists today. I pulled out nice pens and some washi tape and started brainstorming. I wrote ideas for blog posts, things I would like to do in 2014, and started listing some possible five year goals. There is more to flesh out in these lists, but I made a good start. It’s been a long while since I have written out goals. It has always been a much enjoyed activity, but the last few years, I just had no idea what I wanted. I usually know what I want, but lately I have changed and let go of so much, it just became so unclear. I’m taking it as a good sign that I’m starting to be able to define my wants and desires again. The things I’m writing down, are new directions for me in some ways. It’s not just financial goals, or more egoistic goals, like I have had in the past. These goals are starting to feel like soul goals. Some of these things at least feel like they are heading in the right direction, even if the end goal is not fully defined.

2013 was not a good year for me. I am so ready to leave it behind. I feel like the work I did this evening is leaving much behind that does not need to travel forward with me. I’m hoping to travel lighter into 2014.

Creativity: Day 28 of 365

Creative Practice: updating blog, reviewing year, planning

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20131228-221156.jpg20131228-221203.jpgI spent a good portion of today catching up on this blog.  Although I have been doing my daily creative practice, somewhere between searching for a job, a death in the family, two job interviews, needing new brakes, finishing Christmas gifts, and the holidays, I got very far behind.  Today I caught up.  Yay me!  Spending all this time immersed in my blog has helped me define how I see it a little more.  As I have started and worked on the blog, I have kind of changed things up and tried different ways of working.  I think I am pretty settled on a more regular format.  I will do my best to post everyday for the 365 Project, even if it is just short and sweet.  I would like to do a more formal weekly blog article on various topics related to the creation of art.  My plan is to post those every weekend.  I am hoping the more organized format will still give me the freedom to put as little or as much as I like each day for my 365 Days of Creativity, while allowing me to delve a little deeper once a week.

I also spent some time planning and doing some of those it’s-almost-a-new-year activities.  I started some lists today.  I pulled out nice pens and some washi tape and started brainstorming.  I wrote ideas for blog posts, things I would like to do in 2014, and started listing some possible five year goals.  There is more to flesh out in these lists, but I made a good start.  It’s been a long while since I have written out goals.  It has always been a much enjoyed activity, but the last few years, I just had no idea what I wanted.  I usually know what I want, but lately I have changed and let go of so much, it just became so unclear.  I’m taking it as a good sign that I’m starting to be able to define my wants and desires again.  The things I’m writing down, are new directions for me in some ways.  It’s not just financial goals, or more egoistic goals, like I have had in the past.   These goals are starting to feel like soul goals.  Some of these things at least feel like they are heading in the right direction, even if the end goal is not fully defined.

2013 was not a good year for me.  I am so ready to leave it behind. I feel like the work I did this evening is leaving much behind that does not need to travel forward with me.  I’m hoping to travel lighter into 2014.

Creativity: Day 27 of 365

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Creative Practice: journal page, pictures of family, bonding with my eight month old twin nephews

So I did a quick journal page today. I plan to go back in and fill in the shapes later, but it is late. I am still recovering from a crazy travel schedule that left me without sleep Christmas night, but I am so happy to be with my sister, brother-in-law, and their twin boys. When I get back home I will be happy to delve in a bit further to my art practice in the new year. For now, I will fit it in where I can, and get through the holidays.

Creativity: Day 26 of 365

Creative Practice: Sketching

So I boarded a plane shortly after midnight on Christmas night with my parents, changed planes in Minneapolis, arrived in Chicago somewhere in the morning their time, and we drove to Indiana. I never actually went to bed. We tried to catch an hour or so of sleep here or there. My parents did much better at sleeping in strange places than I. We went straight to my sister’s place and had another Christmas with my twin nephews. When we finally got to our hotel, I was delirious. I had no concept of time or really anything.

It was at this point I realized I had not done anything creative, except take pictures of my nephews. I thought I would use a few pictures to sketch the boys. I opened up my pencil pouch only to realize that I had not brought pencils, just pens. As I was digging, I also realized that I brought an X-Acto knife in my carry-on with out knowing it. Oops!

I have not sketched in a long time, and I have never like sketching in pen. Especially when drawing people. It’s just not soft enough. But it’s what I had. So in my delirium, I sketched the boys from my photos. When I showed my sister the next day, she laughed, as I exclaimed, “Here are your old man babies!” Then being the good sister that she is, she showed me where all of her drawing supplies were. She has a lot. While painting has been my love, she has always been very good at drawing. When I said, “I can’t believe I have to put this on my blog. How embarrassing,” she told me I didn’t have to. But then that’s kind of the point. Right?! To show up and practice creativity and art. As an art teacher, I have heard so many people say they can’t draw or paint. They expect to pick up a drawing utensil and be Leonardo. That is so not how it works. Like any skill, it takes practice. You don’t pick up a basketball and play like Michael Jordan. Even Michael Jordan had to practice. Art is the same. I haven’t drawn in years, so I’m going to have to practice to get good again. That is why I am doing this project.

So without further ado, here are my old man nephews…

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Creativity: Day 24 of 365

Creative Practice: Sewing Quilts together.

This morning I got the quilts together in a mad rush to try to beat the holiday festivities, but it still took so long.  All morning.  I want to get these things done.  I only have until tomorrow.  I get on a plane on Christmas night.  I will be so happy when the holiday rush is over.