Creative catch up

Days 104-107: My days pass by quickly. Motoring back and forth from Neosho to Washington, Missouri. Presentation here. Percussion concerts there (Please note: Ethos is incredibly cool. One of the best small venue concerts I’ve attended this year.) As I’m inching toward the 1/3 of a year mark, I’m feeling as if I’m getting the creative habit worked well within my day. My efforts aren’t always something I would share outside my creative Year of Creative Habits group or this blog…heck they’re often not even refrigerator worthy. But they’re improving and I’m having a ball and learning new ways of…

100!

Days 98-101: When I began the Year of Creative Habits I hoped a daily creative activity would ultimately help with my writing. I’m now 101 days in and I think it has – and more. My word choices have expanded, my thoughts jump and connect smoother and I’m able to “dive in” to projects easier. One of the aspects I’ve imposed on my daily creative practice is that it takes no more time than 30 minutes to an hour. In turn, these short bursts of concentrated focus have helped me learn to grab onto and complete writing assignments quicker . This…

Sleep on it

Days 92 & 93: I need to find a blackboard and write 100 times “I will not rip out knitting mistakes after 10 pm!” I’m not at my brightest anytime after 7, so why on earth did I think I could correct a problem late at night. I always need to sleep on any perceived mistake. This has also been a good reminder to practice mindfulness in my everyday activities. I started knitting exactly because it made me focus on the yarn and the needles, not mindlessly wander around through a bunch of overblown past problems and future “what if”…

Kansas City Days

Days 63-68: My weeks are filled with travel. Nothing exotic but recently I’ve move around a great amount. In the last two weeks I’ve been in Joplin, Rogers, Arkansas; St. Louis, back to Joplin, and then to Kansas City. I love Kansas City. It’s a wonderful sensory overload experience of which I enjoy every minute. Visually I can’t get enough.  I captured graphic elements  to incorporate later into paintings or Zentangles; colors that I want to intertwine in my next knitted project. Day 63:                 Day 64:            …

Making Time

Day 60: Today a colleague was lamenting the time others had to pursue creative projects. “I don’t know where they find the time. I’m too busy. I have too much work. After 60 days of making time for some creative process, building in a daily habit, I can’t see how I can operate at my best without it. Making myself do something creative everyday: painting (watercolor or acrylics), knitting, Zentangle and Pysanky – even adult coloring books – then posting my work and blogging about it, every day, has made me more focused, able to see possibilities quicker, calmer and…