Saturday, June 15, 2013

To Love & Honor From This Day Forward


British photographer and creativity coach, Dan James, used an interesting word  in a discussion the other day. Regarding one's creative time, he said, "You have to honour it..." As so often happens, we creatives toss each other onto various tangents, so his phrase led me to the thought...
Perhaps that's the problem: Many of us live in denial of our creativity. Our minds are encumbered wtih myriad responsibilities. Any act of creating gets pushed down to the bottom of our To-Do List, since we think of making art as self-serving and something that doesn't serve others. Thus...
We don't honor our act of creating a ______________. We don't honor what we do or the process or the results.
Therefore, time, which is so precious, isn't allocated to something that is deemed as "unimportant" or simply a whim or something hidden and not esteemed by the world.
But that act of creating a ______________ is a part of us. And it is important to us, even if it's not originally important to anyone else. When we don't honor that part of us, something gets pushed down inside, denied, locked away, lost.
Tragedy ~
So, how do we honor our creative acts?
How can our creative endeavors be given a higher place on the Ever-Present To-Do List and be fit into our already over-packed schedules?
How can we prioritize that part of us which is truly important to our well-being and feeling of wholeness?

                              Honor Your Creative Work
  1. Create a READY WORKSPACE for one creative act.
  2. LEAVE OUT your tools.
  3. Go STEALTH-NINJA-MONKEY on it.
  4. Keep GOING BACK to your creation.
  5. SHARE your product.
When I say "Stealth-Ninja-Monkey", it simply means that whenever I have a few minutes, I sneak/stride/run into the studio and paint for whatever time I can spare in the midst of a busy life, whether five minutes or an hour.
I enjoy those moments and concentrate with Joy on that next stroke.
No excuses. Tired? I paint a few strokes anyway before I fall into bed that night. It's easy because my tools are waiting and the canvas is on the easel.














So get your tools ready and honor your creativity.

Let me know how it goes for you.
Love & Laughter,
D J


 

Friday, June 7, 2013

To Have & To Hold & To Protect




I tell my graduating students that,
even if they don't make a career of art,
they must hold onto their studio time and protect that time
both to alleviate work/life stress
and to stand against naysayers who might proclaim them selfish
or doing something that seems "unimportant" to folk who would rather have their attention.

People will attempt to make you feel as if you're doing something wrong by being alone to create. "She should be cleaning her house/cooking for her family/helping Aunt Posie instead of playing around with that stuff...! "

Um, NO.

There are other ways of bringing beauty into the world. And creating also meets a need in you that helps you be happy/contented while you're doing the other stuff, which includes not being crabby while you're taking care of Aunt Posie because you know you're valuable and beautiful, even if she's complaining about the food you just prepared for her.

So, make time for your creations. And smile to your-beautiful-self while you're doing other things.

Now, go make me some art...

Love & Laughter,
DJ