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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.

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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.

Spin-Art and Spirographs

As much as I love my house, I love leaving my house a lot too. I enjoy that hopeful unstuck feeling I get when I’m out seeing the world, seeing stuff that inspires me, and being away from my cyclic monkey mind. But what the heck is it that happens when I return to my space, my life, my earlier choices and daily rhythm that slowly melts that happy ‘got away’ hopefulness away?

I’ve gone out and seen art and culture, eaten food, laughed, considered, and been inspired. And yet, I stand again in my house frozen and can’t see where to apply my inspiration first. And as my edges begin to dull once again, I return to my stuck thought that there’s not enough time, money, freedom, or will power to put anything into action… ever. It’s that scary house arrest feeling again. And I’m done before I’ve begun. Such a waste of precious inspiration.

spin art booth from Shalavee.com

I feel like my life is a piece being created in the spin-art booth at a fair. As you dribble the paint onto the spinning paper below, the centrifugal force spins the paint outwards in random splatters. My efforts and thoughts often feel like the wasted paint splattering on the walls of the machine. My plan goes wrong, I lose my window of opportunity, and the paint is spraying everywhere. What I end up with may be Ok if I’m willing to accept that this wasn’t what I had in mind for an end product. Hey at least I have something? But it just feels haphazard, makeshift.

#spinart drum from Shalavee.com

I want to shift from spin-art to a spirograph circling lifestyle. Every day I feel like I am already scrawling little life circles as I cook or exercise or pay bills. I want to encompass more playing, writing, and organizing of my thoughts instead of feeling overwhelmed, muddled, spread thin, spinning, and splattering. Taking my inspirations and making inspired forward thinking plans for now instead of some abstract future point that I feel will never come. I want to feel my circles expanding and encompassing.

#Spirograph kit from Shalavee.com

Do you remember the spirograph creative toy? There was a disk with the hole for a pen that you manipulated to travel in circles and it made a psychedelic pattern. I loved the contained perfect inclusive feeling I got from my effort. But the spirograph had its drawbacks too. When you had almost a perfect piece but the disk would slip, the teeth jumped the track, and there was that scribble in the middle of your beautiful pattern. Heartbroken, there was proof of fallibility. Because you could never ever restart that pen into the same place at the same angle of the pattern.

Maybe you would try again and maybe you’d know when to stop and be proud of your efforts. Or maybe you’d quit. You alone know how you deal with making your everyday spirographs. And mastering drawing my daily circles to encompass more is my goal. And I can tell you I don’t much mind the imperfections. I’ll stick a butterfly sticker on top.

#spirograph from Shalavee.com

I suppose spirograph and spin art have taught me a few things.

  • Know what your skill level is.
  • Asses what you have the time and capability to do and then ask for help.
  • Let go of perfection.
  • Enjoy the process and prepare to enjoy life’s unplanned surprises.
  • Draw the things you love to do into your daily circles.
  • Agree to a splatter art-fest every once in a while.

All you can aspire to is do is your best and to let go of the rest.

spirograph photo credit: Mr. Velocipede via photopin cc spirograph kit photo credit: Abraxas3d via photopin cc photo credit for spin art: @RunRockPrincess via photopin cc
photo credit for other spin arts: Esteban Cavrico via photopin cc

Creative Life Reminder

A little reminder from the Universe delivered to me via email, this is Mariana Musa’s art. She pens the Floating Lemons blog and she arts professionally from France. I know her from the first e-course. And I love her spunk and massive quantity of markers.

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