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Our Creative Selves Challenge Continues

Sometimes, I need an excuse to just mindlessly stand at my craft table holding scissors and glue in my hands for an entire week. And that’s what I’ve done here by creating this Our Creative Selves Challenge. And I invited a few friends to the party. Because I believe in the healing power of creativity especially in community. Find the introduction to my challenge post here.

The first day’s prompt was exploration and boy, there was such inspiration out in the wide world for this prompt. It was the best way to start with an excuse to play.our creative selves challenge day one on Shalavee.com

I chose to make a paper flower in honor of the woman who gave me a most exquisite paper flower making book. It was satisfying. Other participants grabbed oil pastels and brayers and clay and enjoyed the excuse to play. our creative selves challenge my exploration on Shalavee.com

The second day’s prompt was circle. And oh the loveliness that’s filling my eyes. There was knitting, paper clay making, puff paint, and prisma markers. And that each person made sure to take time out of their day to indulge their inner children, that is the good stuff right there.our creative selves challenge day one on Shalavee.com

This is what I said at the end of my Instagram post in which my circle art was posted.

our creative selves challenge my circles on Shalavee.com

 

“Create with abandon. Create with permission.

Steal the supplies, steal the time, and notice all worries fall away,

at least for a short time, as you find out what you make of your world.”

 

Here’s to Five more days of making! Hope you get a chance to create today just because you can. No really, you can. I’ll lend you the permission.

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Week Three Of My and Our Creative September

Yes, as if I could learn anymore, this third week of my, and our, creative September (#ourcreativeseptember on Instagram where others joined me !) has brought another few layers of ahas from this month-long creativity challenge. Having moved through the cloud of resistance, I am now stepping into create mode very quickly. As a given now, I don’t have to grapple with “if”.

As for the when of the creating, I try to think and not think about it. Like if you talk about going to a movie too much, you’ll talk yourself right out of going. The creativity needs to be both slightly spontaneous and slightly planned.Week three of our creative September on shalavee.com

This week I really had no plans for what I might like to be doing or trying. Last week’s mixed media attempts were so satisfying that I knew anything that I felt curious about would be just great. And on my birthday weekend, I even played with flowers to satisfy my creativity need/demand.Pastel feather on week 3 of our creative September

pastel-nouveau-poppy on week three of our creative September on Shalavee.com

Pastels are still satisfying my need to prove something to myself. A need to call myself artist. I found the vulture feather that was lost in the house and tried using the black pastel paper I’d almost forgotten I’d bought. I think that piece is really sexy. As for the flower, I’ve tried to draw flowers with the pastels but hadn’t liked the results. So I thought to overcome this loss by just copying an art nouveau poppy picture I adore. And that seemed to satisfy my ego. collage waterlilies on week three of our creative September on Shalavee.com

But what I like most was the mixed media collage and pastels that I used in recreating the lily pond picture. The first one in pastels was done when I was still feeling shaky in my use of pastels. So this feels like confidence in redoing the same picture to see how it turns out. I like it better.

Pastel bee in London on week 3 of our creative September

bed-bug-over-long-island on my third week of creativity on Shalavee.com

spider-over-londons-fleet-street on My third week of creativity on Shalavee.com

The bugs in your city series was just plain fun!! The biggest gift of all I received, one that you can see only if follow along on Instagram, is the arting snowball that began to happen in my community there. One person then another then another joined in for the challenge. And as I watch them supporting one another and others being inspired, I sigh with contentment. Because I am immensely grateful for all those who have offered up to include me in their challenges that I might challenge myself and discover a better more creative way of living. And a way to allow my inner child to come out and play more often and more easily. One last week of creating and then we’ll be slam into the beginning a month strait of posts on the blog! October is coming, remember?

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First Week Of Our Creative September

A little while ago, I declared that I would be creating art everyday in September. There is a calm and a zen that takes over when one is mindful and committed to a practice. In making the practice non-negotiable, you begin to build a trust with yourself. Anxieties stand down and make room for you to express and devote to yourself through your challenge. That is some amazing mojo.

-our-creative-september on Shalavee.com

We are what we repeatedly do.

Excellence, then,

is not an act, but a habit.”

Will Durant interpreting Aristotle

To reprogram my brain from “I won’t” or “I can’t” or “I’ll never”…be able to create daily, to I’m creating daily is a simplification, a reduction of a very powerful sort. Forgetting that we are always in charge of how we manage ourselves, our time, our good will and support, any concerted effort and focused process is bound to have us believe something new, powerful, and different about ourselves.-our-creative-september on Shalavee.com

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After creating almost daily for a week and a half now, I am beginning to think about the next creative endeavor with anticipation. I’m far from overwhelmed, I’m intrigued. How will I fit it into my day? Will I have to put up with being pestered by my three year old? Yes. What am I in the mood for? What challenge do I want to give myself? What color is my soul in need of seeing today.day-5-of-our-creative-september on Shalavee.com

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I realized yesterday that the regular expression of artwork is like allowing for my inner child to go out and play. And not allowing for it regularly is like being mean to my inner child. What kind of parent says no you can’t go out and play every single day . No you have to shop and cook and clean and mop and parent and there’s no time to play. Yuck.

day-7-of-our-creative-september on Shalavee.com

So I am instituting some self-trust here. That I will allow my inner child to play when she needs and I am certain that really important things like balancing the checkbook or doing laundry will all get done as well. I want to know that I can be relied on to allow myself the time if needed and trust that if I say no, there must be a really good reason.

I’ll be arting everyday of September. You can follow along on Instagram or Facebook if you would like to. See links below.

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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

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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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