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September 2016 : A 30 Day Creativity Challenge

My recent discovery that I had truly been standing in the way of my creativity had me shoving this self-created blockage out-of-the-way. I am beginning a daily creative practice. And what better way than a month along creativity challenge for the month of September. If I can do an Instagram photo a day, I can do a 5 minute art piece. Or 15 or 30 minute art piece. I am making art a non-negotiable.September 2016 will be a 31 day creativity challenge on Shalavee.com

And so I’m announcing my 31 Days of Creativity Challenge for the month of September. It’s my way of putting it out there and being accountable to myself by telling you. You are more than welcome to join me in creating for as many or as few of the days as you’d like. Or you can cheer silently from the sidelines.

This is about creating habits Y’all. They say the easiest way to do that is to couple the new habit with one you already have. I am not at all sure what that will mean in my day except perhaps my first thing coffee drinking. I am also still living by is no housework while I’m alone in the house. And I am following the “Do your work First” guidelines. Before you web surf or get your quip out in some forgettable online conversation, get your work done.

 

September 2016 will be a 31 day creativity challenge on Shalavee.com

So starting on Thursday, September 1st, I’ll be making art daily and posting it to my Shalavee Facebook page. I’ve done these challenges before most notably with The Curious Love of Green’s blog mistress Jane Barry. Read my summary of intentions for one here. There’ll be picture round-ups thrown in with my regular blog posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And I’m still doing the live Facebook chat on my Shalavee FB page at noon every Friday. If you can’t join me, you can always drop by and watch later as they go to tape afterwards !

I appreciate your support and am thinking I’ll be doing an art give away in the middle of the month to share my love. Thank you lovely people and wish me luck and stealth.

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Non-Negotiable Creative Soul Living

My therapist chuckled a little and said, “You know you get to live an extraordinary life. Where you can live your creativity every day. You live in your house that you made pretty for you and you’re creating your world daily according to what you need. That is a precious way to live. Don’t forget that.” Because , yes, I had forgotten that. Or perhaps I’d never realized that. And these doses of perspective are one of the many gifts I greedily gobble up with my world interactions these days.

I am so busy doing doing doing all the things I think I should do and the things that need doing to keep me slightly ahead on the mothering treadmill, that I lose perspective on what my world truly looks like. I see that my children are happy and sweet and fed. I see that the sheets are clean and the beds are made. But I can’t say I notice and appreciate the creative world I’ve woven around me. Yet in missing that, I’m missing out on giving myself credit daily. And sharing this better with the world which might need permission to create as well.The Non-Negotiable Creative Soul on Shalavee.com

Creative Living is My Journey.

My Goal is Creative Soul Salvation.

I’ve been at war with myself for a while. Caught up in what I’m calling a “should storm”.  And what I stole from myself, permission to create just for joyful creating’s sake, I’m beginning to regain. What I’ve also noticed is that when art is a non-negotiable in my day, much like brushing my teeth or getting my exercise in several times a week, I become happier and more grounded. I don’t have to have that argument with myself over whether I feel like it or have time for it. When something is non-negotiable, it’s just getting done. Worked in and accomplished.The Non-Negotiable Creative Soul on Shalavee.com

My soul is in need of the healing that the lack of arting has wounded. I do not care if my efforts culminate in works of brilliance or crap. I only care that my brain and soul have a few minutes to wander around and connect with what they need to, outside or inside, wherever they need to go. And with that having happened, I can get on with my day, grateful to myself for the permission I gave myself. What more can a creative life provide?

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Summer Madness Creativity Challenge

Ah, it’s been quite the last couple weeks transition into Summer. I was keeping up with everything and then all of a sudden , I wasn’t. On June First I had started a Creativity Bootcamp Challenge and I did well to get up to the craftroom and dust off my pastels and glue bottles and made a few items. But the momentum was soon interrupted with days full of errands, parties, and guests. So be it I say. So here are those pieces I made both from collage and pastels. Pleased that I seem to be able to copy anything I put my mind to in pastels. And in collage, I can make anything with the scraps I leave on the table.

chicago butterfliesfish and mountain collage

ornamental cabbage pastel

pastel bouquet

garden cardcopycat

key to Chicago on Shalavee.com

butterfly envelope in pastels on Shalavee.com

Here’s to a hopeful and creatively productive Summer for everyone. I cleaned my craftroom and I’m ready with a few ideas for more pastels portraits. Wanna read a little about February’s challenge, go here. Or the previous October’s challenge, go here.

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Week Two : Creativity Bootcamp 2016

As I head into my second week of Creativity Bootcamp, I’m feeling pretty stellar. I’ve produced 7 or 8 new collages, journaled every day, and decorated a special event party. Plus kept my house and blog running. Mostly because I worked hard ahead of time to really prepare. See the first three of the week’s collages here.

It wasn’t that easy the first round of Bootcamp back in October. I was raging against the fact that I had no regular free time for me. Because as it turns out to enter flow, as you’ll see in number two below, you need to have enough TIME to enter and exit your flow state in PEACE. Neither of which you have with a toddler. Ergo the immense frustration I was feeling back then.

        Five Keys To Flow

  1. Ritual – Create a mood or environment that’s conducive to creativity
  2. Solitude and Enough Time
  3. Focus – Plan ahead of time what you’ll be doing specifically
  4. You can’t command creativity – The cat under the bed will move further back if it doesn’t want to come out.
  5. Trust and Welcome whatever comes forth/out

(I got these from Sally Wolfe who’s ecourse on writing my book Manifesto I’ve signed up for and will be working on after Bootcamp.) Collage Tulips on Shalavee.com

What has changed in four months? I suppose I get better naps out of her or she’s more self entertaining or I’m not choosing to try to art when I know I can’t. I still have limited time but what I also found was that, if I want to, I can speed my creative process up considerably and get a creative result in 15 minutes. A little bit is better than nada and that expectation adjustment may also be the key.

Interested in more information on Flow, read my past post here on creative expression and flow.

The next week is supposed to be about styling and picture-taking. See this post for my Creativity Bootcamp intentions. Currently I’m catching up on blogging and the sun outside is now being obscured by snow clouds. I’ll need to make sure to create my weeks posts in case another snow day costs me my private writing time tomorrow.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Creativity Bootcamp Round Two

Today is the first day of the Second Creativity Bootcamp hosted by Jane Barry and her blog That Curious Love of Green. I mentioned that I’d be participating in this on Friday’s post entitled Blogging For the Love of Me in February and I thought I’d go ahead and share with you what this intention will entail. So here’s what I shared on our private Facebook group.

“As per Jane’s request, I’m claiming my intentions for Bootcamp here and now.

Last October’s Bootcamp found me already committed to 31 days straight of posts on my blog. I figured that the creations from this endeavor would help fluff up the content for that endeavor. It did but I never felt like I reached a satisfactory level of achieving the arting I’d set out to do. And so I’m trying this again. Same line up.

Week One : Collage

Week Two : Photo Styling

Week Three : Sewing

Week Four : Pastels

Pastel from Bootcamp on Shalavee.com

I even wrote up prompts for the collage and prescriptions for the styling days. You need to have a plan of some sort going in. You can deviate but you’ll not find yourself saying “what am I doing here” if you’ve already set your tasks out ahead of time. Been there done that last time.

Know that I always write, there’s always writing to be done. Journaling and blog posting and Instagraming. So writing practice is secondary here. This is me wanting to progress on those visual art practices that will stretch me and make me happiest on the other side of my brain.”

In preparation, I have cleaned my computer desktop off! I tried doing the same with my email account holding files but didn’t do such a great job. These two places have such a glut of unfinished unsorted business it’s like having an “Undone” hangover everyday I see them. Not Anymore.

I have scheduled a week’s worth of blog posts ahead knowing that this will free me up a little until I generate pictures to blog about. I’m feeling pretty righteous.

If you commit to something that will take up valuable time in your near future, I suggest doing food prep ahead and thinking of anything else you can to do ahead. Laundry, childcare, bill paying, or even dog walking done by someone else. Because you want to feel the glee of unencumbered creativity!

Do your work first on Shalavee.comAnd I am very adamant this year about prioritizing my creations first. Before checking what anyone else has done in the Bootcamp feed, I’LL DO MY WORK FIRST. Before cleaning the bathroom, I’ll do my work. Before checking my emails, I’ll do my work.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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