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Day 23 #30DayJournal

February 24, 2015

The Inner Imperative.

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Remember a time when you acted freely, unselfconsciously…

When in the Master’s program, while doing assigned work for classes. I worked from the time I came home ‘til well into the night on artwork and was totally “in the flow”!

This would mean: totally focused on the process, letting the doing of the work guide me. My thoughts were on the work, not about design principles / colors used / space used / why did I do this or that?

What did that feel like?

It felt wonderful. No sense of time passing, no concern about food, drink, or smoking…I was present / focused and in complete oneness. Totally ZEN in the process of the work.

What enabled you to take such free action?

I do not know what allowed it or enabled that to happen. It just was…

What was the reward for acting so freely?

My best artwork was done. I sold many of those artworks…

Day 22 #30DayJournal

February 17, 2015

be water, my friend…

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Today’s Journal Prompts:

In my journal writing, I can be like water by…

Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.

This reminded me of learning “sensing” in T’ai chi. Once you are relaxed and empty yourself, you then adjust to the actions of others. You use their energy to find your way around or through. No assertion or aggressiveness is necessary.

I will not force the act of journal writing, but “adjust to the object” of doing it, then will find my way around procrastination, or fear someone will read my private writing [hence posting it in my blog], busting through the wall that is blocking the doing of it.

In my creative work, I can be turn rigidness into flow by…

If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.

I need to remember to be relaxing into the act of creativity, emptying the mind of all “chatter”, having no concern about whether it follows any design principle or color palette, being present and letting it FLOW.

I empty my mind right now of…

Excuses.

In my life, I can be like water by…

…be(ing) formless. Shapeless, like water.

But, I will be remembering to flow in, on, or around any problem or conflict that arises. Or as my mom used to say “Be like a duck, let the water flow off your back.”

If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash.

Energy is like water. It flows around, and inside.  It is without physical form. We are energetically linked to all living things: human /animal/ foliage and trees/ soil and stone. We are linked the moon and sun, as well as the stars.

Fabric Cuffs-Design Process

February 7, 2015

Fabric Cuffs: The Design Process

 

My thought was to keep a journal record of my design idea process. The first step is to look at the fabrics that I intend to use for the cuffs, and any trims.

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Once the color-scheme is chosen, then the construction can begin.

No “pattern” was used to create the cuffs.  I had the concept in my head, and worked from that to create the basic cuff.

cuff project-1Here it is, after sewing the pieces together

Then I decided on my embellishments. I kinda got ahead of myself and should have done this before the back and front were sewn together.  But it still worked…

wrist cuff process2Nearly finished cuffs

Now it is time to finish.  Instead of an invisible hand-sewn slip-stitch, I chose to top stitch it all together.  An extra decorative touches!

Voila!!

You will soon be able to find these cuffs on my etsy site: GaiasEarthlyDelights

Day 17 #30DayJournal

January 31, 2015

EVERYTHING CAN BE OUR TEACHER

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Contemplate the workings of this world, listen to the words of the wise, take all that is good as your own.
With this as your base, open your own door to truth. Do not overlook the truth that is right before you.
Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people.

Everything—even mountains, rivers, plants, and trees—should be your teacher.

— Morihei Ueshiba, creator of the discipline of Aikido, from The Art of Peace
Today’s Journal Prompts
My teachers today are:

Nature, such as: plants, flowers, trees, streams / rivers, natural cycles within nature. The writings of Lao Tsu ( in the The Tao), whose concepts and ideas are similar to my spiritual practices of Wicca and Lakota. The people around me who mirror my faults and good aspects teach me by their reflection (sometimes frightening me).

I am taking in all of this good:

By observation, through writing but had not been journaling what I observe only the emotional impact of life and observation. Then I can contemplate the meaning of things, whether literal or metaphoric, that is how I process and absorb the good.

The truth that is right in front of me is…

All things are connected.

That connectedness is on all levels of being.

Water is flowing, that barriers are often circumvented by moving around the object.
Nature has a rhythm and flow, overall.  There are cycles in nature (seasons)

Each aspect of nature interacts in some way with other aspects in order to survive, that we as humans need all of nature and each other to survive.

What seems to be “bad” or “evil” in the natural world has its purpose (food chain evolution).

Water and air are the key essential elements of survival for all of creation…even the stone.

 

30 Day Journal Project -Day 6

January 17, 2015

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Today’s Journal Prompts:
When I create from my heart…

That is when I am able to get into the zone, the easiest. There is no judging my process at all, no critical thought, no worry about if it is a good artwork framed within design principles. It just IS.


When I create from my head…

The flow of my work becomes more conscious, less intuitive. I am aware of my mistakes and want to correct things immediately. I become more disjointed, critical, my self-language is negative, the work does not flow as well…the art and I communicate badly.

The difference between creating from my heart and my head is…

Like the difference between night and day, the difference between yin and yang, freedom and imprisonment. I cannot get into the flow of creativity with only my mind, my mind talks back to me. There are no interstitial spaces to find because the mind argues.

What I’ve learned about heart vs. head creating is…

Creating with the mind is not really my true creative being. Creating from the heart is freedom, connection to spiritual aspects of myself, healing, and pure joy.

MY OWN NONE JOURNAL PROMPT CONCLUSION IS:

With the heart and mind working in tandem, then I can be at one with creator and creation. Then the flow of my creative self is all one direction and in that flow, the eddies of the river of artistic being will not snag and twist at my creative flow.

Creator and I become ONE in the stillness of all that is… THE ART WORK becomes INTUITIVE, HEALING, AND FREEING.

30 Day Journal – Day 4

January 14, 2015

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One of today’s journal prompts is…

“If I invited my wildness out to play, she would take me…”
It would take me to that place of “oneness” in all of creation. To creative heights in the zen of creating. I have been there before, many times! It is the sound of the pause between heartbeats, the stillness before the storm, where intuition / awareness/ and creation all meet.
Nothing that I do can force this interstitial space between my creative flow and oneness. I just have to begin creating, and FALL into it.
I long for it again, and eagerly hope…

30 Day Journal-Day 2

January 8, 2015

Day #2 Flow
30 Day Journal Project

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When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
-Rumi
Share Your Thoughts on How Your Creativity Amplifies Your Joy:
When I am “in the flow” of creativity, it takes me into a space of joy and lightness. The work in front of me, the process of creating, the DOING of what I LOVE, gives me joy.

A friend of mine said in a class demonstration for painting, that when you are in the flow… you, the painting, and the media are one.  When things begin to get complicated, and you feel frustrated about how the work is going or it looks out of balance, you are no longer “in the flow”.

That statement has always been true for me.

Do You Have an Experience of Following Your Creative Joy and Having It Take You Somewhere Unexpected?
When I am creating, nothing else matters, time is expanded and limitless. I am one with the painting/ collage/ or jewelry creation; and the limitless expanse of creation.

It has been a long time since I have experienced that oneness. Months have gone by since I last did any creative work, other than photograph what was already done.

How Are You Feeling On Day 2 of the 30 Day Project?

Anticipation. Retrospective.