Creativity comes from a quiet place.

This is one of my favorite sayings that I use in my elementary art classroom.  We live in a world full of distractions, busyness, constant chatter, etc.  When I moved from Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs to Denver, I was struck with how, even on a hiking trail, no roads in sight, I could still hear traffic.  I CRAVE quiet.  

Finding that quiet space to hear our own thoughts, is sometimes, hard.  With my students, I remind them, that the person or people at their table that chat endlessly, are confident in their ideas, but that doesn't mean they have the best ideas.  I try to teach students to look inside themselves and be mindful of the moment.  This is a concept that was never really discussed when I was young.  Sometimes the quiet people, the introverted, have brilliant thoughts that never get shared.

I find that in recent years, my stamina has changed.  I need to soften my expectations for myself.  Time management, to-do lists, projects, due dates, etc. can sometimes lead to feeling overwhelmed.

So, I am trying to slow down, extend grace to myself, and recognize that every day, there will be some sort of unexpected event that will distract me.  I'm focusing on self-care and finding the quiet space within.

This image is called "Dizzy Spell".  It is foil relief.  This was created in one of Michael Cellan's summer workshops, years ago.  

Do you have a morning routine?

This is a full body cast I originally made in 2007 for a Solo show, entitled "Sleepless Dreamstate".  I recently used it again and painted it with chakra colors for a show at The Bridge Gallery, dedicated to Yves Klein.

This is a full body cast I originally made in 2007 for a Solo show, entitled "Sleepless Dreamstate".  I recently used it again and painted it with chakra colors for a show at The Bridge Gallery, dedicated to Yves Klein.

UGH!  Mornings are quite difficult for me.  I have some headache issues and my neck, back and hips are on the mend from a couple car accidents in the past couple years.  My mornings depend on whether or not it's summer or winter.  Winter, I am affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder and I'm pretty much wrapped up like a burrito.  In the summer, it's nice to let the natural light wake me up, well, naturally.

Whatever season it is, my yoga mat and foam roller are only steps away from my bed.  Sometimes it's the first thing I do in the morning and also the last thing I do before going to bed.  My yoga mat is my gentle hello to the day.  I stretch.  I get in tune with my body.  I center myself for whatever's on the day's agenda.  I meditate anywhere from 2-20 minutes.

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The following is taken from JustineMusk.com:

Maybe you’re familiar with the idea of kintsukuroi. It’s a Japanese word that refers to the act of repairing broken pottery by filling in the cracks with gold.

Instead of trying to hide the damage, kintsukuroi illuminates it.

You do this, because you understand that mending is an art.

You do this, because you understand that there is beauty in the broken places.

Behind every scar is a story.

(We are made of stories.)

My clients have achieved success when they embody the above concept.  It is considered a creative practice, in that, we are always practicing.  We continually do more, investigate further, work creatively within boundaries.  These boundaries may be, space, media and materials, time, finances, etc.  When we accept our human capabilities and soften our self-judgement and criticism, we begin to find our voice.  I provide opportunities that aim to share my technical knowledge, engage my students, and inspire a passion to create.

Cultivating creativity...

Whether it’s private or group art making, I will assist you in breaking down preconceived ideas about your artistic skills (“I can’t draw”).  I will support you in opening the space within, and, naturally, it will strengthen your spirit.  You will build confidence through a variety of experiential creative exercises.  You will become more relaxed, as activating our creative brains naturally de-stresses us.  The meditative nature of a creative practice quiets the internal chatter and opens the mind to potential solutions and alternative perspectives.  Would you like to join me?