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Creativity Couldn’t Cure Me

I’m known as an ambassador to creativity. I firmly believe in the soul altering powers of honoring and co-creation with your muse. I also really wanted to believe that creativity was the way out of my anxiety. But as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t quell my anxieties with my creativity. That’s a simplified version of the long and painful anxiety filled process. I wanted to Fix myself with my creativity.

I thought if only I could begin making art on a regular basis, I would increase my self-trust and esteem enough to shove my anxieties into the back seat. But as I pushed through with holding a workshop on creativity, I had a horrible panic attack and admitted I just wasn’t moving forward.

But even when I finally asked my doctor for an anti-anxiety medicine, I stayed mad as a hornet that creativity hadn’t cured me. My expected outcome was going to make my uber-creativity my super power and exonerate me from all my imperfect anxiety. I should have been happy that I had found a way out of my anxieties but I just felt mad creativity hadn’t cured me.

I didn’t throw out the creativity baby with the bathwater. I have continued to practice making. I have come to treasure the lack of constant anxiety in my life and I think I am even more devoted to my creativity.

Perhaps I just wanted that outcome so badly, like wanting my divorced parents to reunite, that it would inevitably fail. Maybe creativity is too precious to ask for it to be or do anything but bring joy. We shouldn’t ask our creativity to lift the heavy burdens. Make it responsible for our sanity or our livelihood. But only to continue to keep up in touch with who we truly are and what brings us joy.

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100 Day of Shalagh : Days 41 through 60

I’ve passed the halfway mark for my 100 Day Project aka 100 Days of Shalagh 2021! Hooray. This project seems something that would be daunting. Except the further along I get, the more I look forward to the daily creations and the easier it becomes.

I’ve also noticed that my skill with this medium is increasing. How could it not? 

Practice is the key to getting better at anything. So now I’ve added watercolor pencils to the repertoire of art supplies I’m not intimidated by.

To see the beginning of the project, Days 1-20, go here.

To see Days 21 through 40, go here.

Stay tuned for the next Forty more days.

 

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100 Days of Shalagh : Days 21 through 40

The 100 Day Project for 2021 is rolling right along. This is the second fifth of the project or the next 20%. Almost halfway done. And much like the others I have done, I enjoy the excuse to stop and art. I even did it during my daughter’s birthday party last weekend.

As I’ve said, this is not a medium I have ever used before. Watercolor pencils are completely new territory for me. But I love watching as I get bolder and I find techniques that work for me. I read the packaging and it said I shouldn’t dip the pencils into the water. I began to do that about ten days ago.

I think it’s sometimes better to not know what the right way is. That way the inner child doesn’t have to play by any rules.

I also have a new appreciation for my house and the vignettes and beings within it. All subjects have been very obliging and I have begun to take pictures and will display the picture and the art side by side. Remember, this is a process not a product.

See the first 20 days of my #100daysofShalagh and the 100 Day Project 2021 Here. And you can follow along with my process on Instagram of Facebook if you like.

 

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The Start of the 100 Day Project 2021 : Days 1 through 20

I started 2021’s 100 Day Project on January 31st. I assume they moved it up from its usual April starting date because, well, there’s nothing better to do this second year of pandemic plague lockdown. And most of us truly need to have a reason to create every day to offer us some relief from our anxieties.

This is my 4th 100 Day Project. Two years ago, I found the magic of this challenge when I recreated objects in my house using pencil and pastels. This year I am recreating views from with my house using watercolor pencils. I found my rhythm and talent then and I’m searching for it currently in this different medium. And what I also gained from this perpetual daily project was a self-trust and meditative practice that brought joy to my heart.

I am currently working on a way for the world to share in the joy of the art and discoveries of that and this projects so that they may open their hearts to an understanding of their own creativity that goes further than just showing up whenever the mood strikes.

Meanwhile, here are the first 20 pieces I’ve created thus far for #100daysofShalagh and #the100dayproject2021 .

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Regular Creativity Can Bring You the Joy Akin to Christmas

My daughter Fiona is about to turn 8 years-old. She has already written and posted a birthday wish list on the refrigerator. It includes items like a trampoline, a banana seat and basket for her bicycle, and a goldfish. Her birthday isn’t even 3 moths after Christmas so I’m thinking how do we so easily forget what we have and want more so quickly?

But the bigger question I realized is how do we keep the creative and abundant spirit of Christmas going throughout the year? Perpetual Creative practice. When I make something, I am gifting a part of me to myself, my family perhaps, and to the world if I choose to share it. There is such a wonderful feeling the magic of which is akin to Christmas.Regular Creativity Can Bring You the Joy Akin to Christmas on Shalavee.com

I’d add that gratitude is the other practice that give you grace and feeling like what you have is almost enough. Although gratitude won’t get you more gas in your gas tank, it might get you a job from someone you took the time to thank. The little things we do add up to a lot more than we can ever know.

I have embarked on my fourth 100 Day Project journey this week. A non-negotiable daily promise to show up and make small art. The result is many fold. I become better at using the medium I have chosen which this year is watercolor pencils. I reestablish or create self-trust when I show up for myself. And I get to share my art with an enthusiastic community which furthers my Christmas-like high.

There is nothing here not to like.

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