I’ve find that insight and inspiration comes in waves. I’m there right now – atop a monster wave!
I’m recently back from an indescribably-wonderful-5-day-retreat with Angi Sullins – in New Mexico – my “soul’s home” – the place I find MOST inspiring. Angi is truly a MUSE! Do attend one of her retreats if you can – I highly recommend it! Afterwards, my husband and I took a beautiful road trip through the desert southwest.
The day I got home, Elizabeth Gilbert‘s latest book was released. It’s called “Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear” and it is so so rich! I ripped through it!
MUST. RE-READ. VERY. SOON.
AND this week, I returned to the warehouse studio I share with my super-talented-artist-Mom. We had a loooong hot summer’s break. Woof.
A day of cleaning the studio + a bit of reorganizing + a day of painting = CREATIVE BLISS!
All of this has sparked an urge to re-commit to my creative life – officially – like with a written contract. Which admittedly, felt like a strange thing to do. Then, my husband reminded me that we enter contracts with employers, spouses, landlords, etc. Why not make an agreement with the way of life I MOST CRAVE? (Yeah – I’m talking to you M.R. Bird.)
In Ms. Gilbert’s book, she writes of committing to the writing life at a very young age – her vows were concise and reasonable, and they still apply to her work today.
My call is towards a broader creative life . . . I write, I paint, I art journal, I now host art retreats, I sometimes teach, I love interior design and gardening and fashion…..all of it! It’d be impossible to narrow it – but I suppose my emphasis is on painting and writing.
I thought I’d share my own creative commitments with you here – ya know, to make it officially official. Here goes:
- I will follow my truest curiosity – allowing it to lead me to MY most creative life.
- I will honor my ideas – gathering, harvesting and acting on them regularly.
- I will always make the physical space for my creative pursuits – whether that’s in a studio or a corner shelf!
- I vow to never put pressure on my creativity with expectations of money or accolades. I will do it for love and support it however is necessary. Anything else is gravy.
- I will wholeheartedly pursue my creative passions through near-daily-practice. I will build my creative muscle. I will show up. I will remain teach-able.
- I will nurture my creative soul through inspiring experiences, books, classes, people and more “just doing it”.
- I will care for my “instrument” with proper self care.
- I will share my process and results often – being brave on my creativity’s behalf.
- I will do my best work without caving to rampant perfectionism – of which I am totally inclined towards!
- I vow to be light with my process. Serious art making seems joyless and is NOT the life I desire. If serious art comes of a light process, then so be it – but it’s not my goal.
Well that’s it – for now . . . hahaha I hope there’s not more! What do you think? Is there some commitments you’d like to make for your creative life? Do share……