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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Three Days into Creativity Bootcamp

Day three of Creativity Bootcamp 2016 had me making my third collage with the prompt I set ahead. I wrote 8 prompts out so that I would not balk for inspiration the moment I stepped up to the craft table. This first collage was prompted by “Green”.
 Stack collage on Shalavee.comAs I began to gather my paper pieces, the encyclopedia page with the Wrigley building in Chicago was what I grabbed as my background. The caption said it was built entirely from chewing gum….profits. So the green theme was expanded.

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This second collage above was from my prompt “Stack”. The smokestack happened to also be in my pile on my work bench leftover from the Valentine’s wreath I did in the Altered books crafting group activity I participated in in January.  I’d watercolored a book picture of Rio do Janero earlier and I added in some of my more vibrantly painted cut up pages. Ta Da. Took maybe 20 minutes. Very satisfying.

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This, my third day’s collage offering, was prompted by the word ” glimmer”. Kraft paper, another old encyclopedia page of a mountain and snow, and a silver paint pen. Took me five minutes tops. Because I spent the rest of the day working on a decorative piece for a fundraiser installation. See my thoughts on the challenge here.

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

Create or Die Trying

Today I gave my collaging a break. Wanted to artfully describe the frustration, the real feelings I feel when I go to create and I can’t. I wrote posts instead. And I also wanted to share the other art that’s happened so far. Let the catharsis continue. Create or die trying.Watercolor encyclopedia Butterfly on kraft card on Shalavee.com

Hands poised over the keyboard, a hovering potential of something to come in the space between. Then…The horrible screeching of toddler joined by an unskilled clarinet honk.

My nerves already frazzly. “Why is she crying” I scream.

“Put it away, it’s not a toy.”

No nap is inevitable. I’m foretelling the same tired future. More raw nerves.

Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Twitch twitch twitch.

Seems so easy to do the laundry, clean, and sometimes even cook. These can be accomplished, or interrupted, without a broken heart. No worries, the dirt doesn’t care. A mostly clean house most of the time means I’m winning. No need for inspiration and a muse, vacuum on.

But the art cares.

Tragedy is being so close to the escape of your heart, you will soon soar and disappear and then…”Mommy, I poopy!” I’m afraid my brain will seize up from the grief of stopping. I’m afraid my dashed expectations will paralyze me. Make me more angry, the fury at the helplessness. I am bloated with my fear and my potential.

I’ll just try tomorrow…when there’s time…when there’s space…when I can think…when I’m not afraid.

The creativity challenge continues as does thirty-one days straight of posts. To be continued.

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Wanna see the whole month of posts? Start here.

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 or Pinterest 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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