Thursday, July 14, 2011

Artist's way check in - week 2 (chapter 1)

Time to check-in on my current Artist's Way journey for the group.  Last week I said I had been really good about getting up early enough to do my morning pages before work.  I have managed to continue that for the most part, but there were a few days where the morning pages became "not quite morning pages."  I still did the three pages of writing in quiet, but one day it was during my lunch break and another it was once I got to work, but before the day started (I am habitually early for work as I live in fear of being late).

The morning pages still feel like work to me at this point.  It's something I'm doing because I should not because I want to.  As I've been reading the beginning of The Artist's Way I feel a little less annoyed with myself about this - it seems that there are a lot of us who initially do it without a great love for it.  Currently the writing tends to be a lot of my random, negative thoughts, things I don't want to do, things I have to do, and if I can remember, my dreams from the night before. 

I haven't done an artist's date yet.  I haven't set one into my schedule either.  I think I'll aim to do one on Saturday morning, but I have no idea what to do.  I'm not a one-with-nature sort of girl, especially when it's so hot out, and I'm pathetically broke at the moment.  A part of me just wants to set aside an hour to color and draw, but I'm not sure if that counts?

To others on this journey:  what are some of your favorite artist dates?

I signed my Artist's Way contract.  I've printed out a picture of Kreacher from Harry Potter, who I envision to look like my censor, and I reviewed the rules.  However, I haven't done any of the exercises yet. 

Is there an Artist's Way group for really bad procrastinators?


Vanessa said...

As You wish for yourself, I wish for you as well!!!

Ginny said...

Hi Mare,
I used to do Artist Dates regularly and I really liked it. I didn't do anything that cost money. Sometimes I just went to Barnes and Noble and read all the magazines. One of my favorites was spending time in a furniture store looking at all the colors and styles. I think taking out your paints would definitely count as an artist date. In fact, I think I will actually schedule time to do that and paint next week. It is something else I haven't done in awhile and I miss it.

Heather Blakey said...

The Artist's Way remains a classic. All of Julia's books are a great way to maintain the daily practice that is so important. Artist Dates are rewarding and doubly so if you share them with another creative.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

You´re doing good showing up for your pages! Artist´s dates do not need to cost money, a trip to a museum or a shopping mall (some shop windows are real works of art) or even a design TV programme will do. Anything that replenishes your well of inspiration. :)