Saturday, January 3, 2009
the artist's way
(elle decor- my ideal environment)
are you familiar with it? i've had this book for a long time and tried to work through it last year, but it never stuck. as in, i got through the first chapter and wrote like 4 days worth of morning pages before losing interest. i started up again with it about a month ago, trying to get some creative juices flowing and what not. i will try this before i try a therapist.
here are some quotes from week 4 that resonated with me
"shifts in taste and perception frequently accompany shifts in identity. one of the clearest signals that something healthy is afoot is the impulse to weed out, sort through, and discard old clothes, papers, and belongings."
about 'reading deprivation' a week-long self imposed ban on reading books, emails, tv, etc. (would include ye old feed reader for me) i can probably get away with this for one week this month, as a lot of my business can be conducted via skype. talking. yes, i shudder from the inside out.
"for most artists, words are like tiny tranquilizers. we have a daily quota of media chat that we swallow up. like greasy food, it clogs our system. too much and we feel, yes, fried."
so true- it felt so good to be without computer access while in japan for 3 weeks. i came back feeling so good- so light without all the heavy (sometimes) useless information weighing down my brain. some more food for thought- check out this post 'cutting through the design blog smog' by holly becker for real simple.
i need to work on 'artist dates' though. you're supposed to do one per week. it's like a little outing to feed your inner artist. like check out a gallery, buy some fun things at an art store, do something that you love doing but never do (bike-riding, painting,) etc. i've only done one and it's been 5 weeks.
if you work in a creative field, how do you get your creativity flowing if it's been blocked?