The Artist’s Way: Week Three

Check in: Week Two: Recovering a Sense of Identity I completed 7 out of 7 morning pages. On most mornings the writing naturally flowed and on several of those mornings it progressed into creative writing, which has given me hope to continue with this. However, I did not complete the artist’s date this week. I think going back into lock-down because of COVID–19, (second time round for Auckland, New Zealand), pushed me into a type of lethargy and I just couldn’t commit to anything. Which is silly, as there are plenty of things I can do and enjoy and be…

31 July Blog

This is my last daily blog. I have missed a few days through the month, but I’m still pretty happy with my accomplishment. So instead of writing 800-1200 words once a week, I wrote just a small amount everyday during July. It was a challenge, and more difficult than I first thought it would be. But I think challenges, whether they work out or not, are a great way to re-focus or refine what we are trying to do. Over July I kept thinking – why am I blogging? What am I blogging for? I think because it was everyday…

30 July Blog

I’ve been listening to Eckhart Tolle a lot lately and enjoying his discussions on being in the ‘Now’. To understand his idea of ego, I read this blog and it helped me a lot. It is not his blog, just a definition I found online. I’ve been trying to stay present, and sometimes I can remain in the present, (on and off), for a time. But it is difficult, not something that is natural (yet), but I guess with more practice the discipline will become easier. If I concentrate on my senses, it helps, and I’ve noticed I’m enjoying little…

29 July Blog

In drawing class last night we attempted a ball with shadow. This was my first class. About 4 years ago I did a oil painting class but haven’t done anything since, other than my own little doodles. Really nice to get back into the classroom as a student. Normally I teach, so to be on the other side of the table was a total joy. I recommend classes. Scare yourself. Catch you tomorrow xx.

July 26 Blog

The creative process needs to have more value than the outcome, why, because if it doesn’t you reduce time into only being of worth if productive. Yesterday, I planned out a birthday card to paint. This birthday card is for a 6 year old boy and 6 year old boys, don’t really care for cards. So, this time of planning, designing and painting is absolutely about me engaging in process – a really good exercise in being present with your creativity. I still have more to do on this, I want to put a ‘6’ on the car in blue…

July 25 Blog

Saturday falls lightly into place. My footsteps, feel youthful. I breathe easy. In the distance a bird cleans its wings in the angled light. Saturday has potential. It is spacious. Thoughts can be moved about at an easy pace. The breeze curiously enters the house. Saturday reigns supreme. Golden amongst the others. Clouds drift, the sea changes from green to blue. Somewhere a dog barks. Couldn’t post yesterday. However, today is Saturday and I have a day off. It’s been a busy week back at work and I’m already feeling the grind. I just finished planning a birthday card I…

July 23 Blog

Thursday. Energy, a pre-peak. A taster, that is probably better than the weekend. Traffic, lights, faces, no longer in ‘lock down’. Pizza and bear, Easy to forget to wash hands, to scan the code. Never want to go back – to that. Like flowers leaning in to catch the last ray of sun. We lean in, to each other. This is not a poem, a poem takes time, takes a poet. This is just some words about going out and getting pizza and bear after work, doing normal things in a world that has been and is very (un)normal. Catch…

21 July Blog

On Sunday I challenged myself to photograph my walk in detail. Today the challenge was to photograph my inside surroundings in detail. The light wasn’t great, as there is a lot of dark clouds, but I did the best I could. Also, some images are micro, so you won’t be able to know what the item is but I liked it for texture and colour. Like these images together, I think the colours and textures work. I moved them around a bit, but have now settled on this. I also think this collection works well. Instead of focusing on the…

July 20 Blog

Back at work today after a 2 week break. Only had 1 week off and the other was working on my upcoming interactive installation: At The Horizon. Great to have time away, feel less stressed, but it is so easy to fit back into bad habits. So, I listed down some aspects about work-life that I want to change – so hopefully the time has given me some valuable reflection that I can actually put to good use. I sketched this little image a while ago, however it fits with how I sometimes feel about work. But at the same…