We turn this week to the practice of right attitudes for creativity. The emphasis is on your receptive as well as active skills. The essays, exercises, and tasks aim at excavating areas of genuine creative interests as you connect with your personal dreams.
The weather provided great inspiration for week 7. A later winter snow storm dumped a foot and a half of dry powder on the hillside. It made for a beautiful scene and filled me with excitement & thoughts of adventure. I love the snow and that is one of the reasons I enjoy living where I live. In the winter, we get small blankets of powdery snow — enough to have some fun for a few days. That’s exactly what this week brought as I excavated my areas of creative interests.
Along with excavating my office to uncover my desk and workspace, I took some time to play in the snow. Beautiful sunny weather and the cold brisk air provided great times. I’m finding more and more that enjoying the day benefits my creative soul. It’s fun to engross myself in a painting and yet ignoring the possibility for play when the opportunity presents itself is also not beneficial for my overall artist health. Deadlines come and go, yet missed opportunities are that—missed! That’s why its important to clue in on my environment and not get caught up in the task. With that said, having an organized work space, not only lessens the clutter in the environment — it clears up my mind to focus.
And thus the excavating of the office. After clearing some physical and mental space, I proceeded to follow through with the week’s exercises. That meant identifying the inspirations and actions that put a smile on my face. This week I put together a collection of heroes, inspirers and outrageous imagery that combine who I am and what I want to be. I enjoy looking at that visual reminder. The “I Am Lestar” contains part of that and I share it here. The entire image is on my desktop. If anything it gives me a cause for mental pause when I need a break from my laptop or day. Afterward, it was another hike out in my backcountry and go for a little jump of fun.