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The Last Week of Art for Our Creative September

My official Our Creative September wrap up will be posting on Tuesday October 4th, with art from everyone. But I thought perhaps it would be nice to show you my art that came from this last week and make this a mostly pictures Sunday.

Daddy longlegs in Mexico City on Shalavee.com

Grasshopper on the river Thames on Shalavee.com

Pastel butterfly in collage garden on Shalavee.com

Butterfly thank you notes on Shalavee.com

Idylewild garden bed on Shalavee.com

Remember, this month there’s a post every day. 31 days straight of posts on Shalavee! So I encourage you to sign up for my blog to be emailed to you so you don’t miss anything along the way. And on Instagram, I’m continuing creating every day under the hashtag #ourcreativeselves .

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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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?

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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Week Two of Our Creative September

I embarked on this second week of creating with a high from my first week. I thought I’d use the excuse to create as a means to change up my mantelpiece styling which I did with a mildly pleasing result. I’m sure I’ll come back at it soon but it was a brain scrub of a sort. But then a conversation with my sister had me thinking about mixed media and the craftroom was cooling down (it’s an enclosed porch and very hot in the Summertime) and calling me.day-2 of 2nd week of our creative september on Shalavee.com

day-3 of 2nd week of our creative september on Shalavee.com

It never ceases to amaze me the child-like capacity to be thrilled with myself for my art work. And this month, I’m finding a thrill in using a long intended to use medium and allowing for it to morph and mix with other mediums through an almost meditational process of repetition. Where the first week it was pastels, this second week finds me now introducing the pastels to the watercolored encyclopedia pages with great success and effect. day-4 of 2nd week of our creative september on Shalavee.com

Day 6 on the 2nd week of our creative September

This daily arting endeavor is changing me. I knew it would. I just had to commit to allowing for it to change me. I used to use creativity as a thing to torture my inner child with mean  “No you can’t go out and play until you eat your broccoli” kinda stuff. And my inner child was kept from her one true love, seeing what she could make. And then being proud of herself. To see my declaration of my September intent, go here. And to see the first week, go here.

Day 7 on the 2nd week of our creative September

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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

day-4-of-our-creative-september on Shalavee.com

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

day-6-of-our-creative-september on Shalavee.com

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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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.

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.

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