detail from "Under The Willow"
detail from "Under The Willow"

My Sacred Vows (To The Creative Life)

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……

 

2 comments

  1. This is a great post that I needed to see today. On Thursday of this week I received the news that for another year (year 4) I am cancer free. Working toward year 5 can be both exhilarating and stressful because it is a pivotal year. Decisions are made about medications, if you can be considered ‘cured” things like that. Then I read this post at a time when i have decided that I need to recommit to my art, rethink some of the things that I do and find what really “floats my boat”. Thank you for these insights.

    • Tracie Hanson says:

      So so glad this came at a good time for you Glenda! AND I’m super happy about your journey to health – you are an inspiration!!

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