On January 1st I retrieved my copy of Julia Cameron‘s The Artist’s Way from my library shelf and decided to read the introduction. One thing lead to another, I downloaded an electronic version to my iPad and was unable to put the book down. Next I set the alarm for 6:30 am and I have been getting up early every since!
While you are reading this blog entry you must understand: I have completed The Artist’s Way in its entirety, exercises, artist‘s dates and soul searching while I first embarked on my journey to become a professional artist around the time of my first City & Guilds class. It was life altering in that I fully embraced all the challenges. This provided me with the higher self-esteem and the ability to openly accept critique and rejection an artist so often deals with. This realization became clear when I was already fully immersed in my career as a textile artist, yet this year the book called out to me and beckoned to be revisited. I embraced the challenge and am back to writing morning pages and following through with the tasks set out this week .
I love the new year – every year! My first week is often spent in the studio without interruption. This year I made that a priority once again. I do get out on daily walks, thanks to the unusually warm weather, and I have actually started on the new body of work for an exhibition opening in August. Today’s blog image was the inspiration for the piece completed yesterday. Once I have a selection of images I will upload them to my website to share.
The update on “Journal Artlets” is positive as well. Each day after the morning pages I spend about 15 minutes creating my first piece of art to start the day on a creative note.
In addition, my resolve to blog regularly is strong and I am a firm believer that one must do a little each day, whether it is writing, drawing, stitching or exercise. The end result is positive and the benefits accumulate.