Monday, August 20, 2012
Week One : "The Artists Way"
I purchased this book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron awhile back. I glanced through it and read bits and pieces of it over the years but never really gave it much of a chance. After reading a blog post by another artist who was working on her morning pages and how insightful they were for her, I went to the bookcase and dusted off my copy. I decided to work through the 12 week program. However some of my weeks may stretch out to two or so but I want to enjoy the process not have another schedule to follow.
After completing my first week I have realized a few things. Some are deeply personal and others I can share.
First the (in my mind, dreaded) "Morning Pages". I thought that maybe I would skip this part of the program because I don't consider myself a writer. Could this possibly help me as an artist? However I didn't want to rush through the book this time and wanted to follow most of the program. I do them most mornings and I must say they are getting easier and some mornings I actually look forward to doing them. http://www.squidoo.com/morning-pages
Next the "Artist Date" at my stage in life I have no babies crawling around, I am office manager for my husbands business and I am lucky to have quite a bit of flexibility to my days. I didn't think that setting aside two hours a week just for my art would be a problem. But making that commitment and setting aside that time, not answering the phone or doing any paperwork, or scrolling around online (this problem is a whole other blog post). It did make me realize that I indeed need to focus more on creating and finding the joy in that again. So just taking that time and being selfish with it and not letting anything else intrude is a treat that I am certain to continue.
Sue from Digilio Designs