For my weekly artist date today, I visited the library to look at their collection of pop up books. It was so much fun to feel like a kid.
My fellow artists in my Artist's Way group know how much I despise all of the mentions of god in Julia Cameron's book. So one of them, sent me a particularly annoying quote so I then created this response and Photoshopped pictures.
"Praise be...I am merely a vessel–a holy tool. I am nothing. Hallelujah! Now, let us pray."
Recovering a Sense of Power
This chapter had some very powerful sections including one on Anger, but I especially found the section on Shame intense. I wrote a lot about growing up in a small town and feeling different that everyone, which resulted in me hiding my true self. My true self is creative, so in some ways, living there was killing my creativity. I missed one day on my morning pages and completed my artist date. I also wrote about some of the exercises such as listing five people I admire and the traits they possess that I can cultivate in myself.
Finally, there was a couple of sections, one which was entitled Synchronicity that I found outright insulting because of the author's statements about God. It lacked critical thinking skills and was filled with naivety.
My morning pages
Missed: 1 day
Written in AM: 3 days
Written in afternoon: 4 days
Written late night: 5 days
I spent a short amount of time today in my studio finishing my armature for one of the projects I am working on.
Another day of collaging with six artists. There was some great things being created.
Beginning stages of my work.
Nikki's finished collage
Nikki's finished work
Airy hard at work
Mark's amazing art piece
Stephen's finished piece
Today I spent a long time working in my art studio. I started by organizing fasteners and then straight and safety pins.
Afterwards, I completed a head armature with more covered wire and then with black lace. It will get covered with broken mirror shards, but I still like to make my understructures look nice.
Tonight I went to the opening at Creativity Explored. It was an exceptional show.
Recovering a Sense of Identity
This chapter ended up lasting two weeks due to conflicts in scheduling. I missed one and a half days of morning pages and completed my artist dates. I particularly liked a couple of exercises such as making a list of imaginary lives, which included being a dollmaker, filmmaker, gymnast, etc. I also like figuring out where my wasted time goes and made a commitment to spend less time on Facebook.
Lately, I have joined a group where we are working through "The Artist's Way" book. I spend quite a bit of time during my morning pages, complaining about the abundance of God bullshit and giving up your power to an invisible being or force. I take full responsibility for my creativity! I am proud of the hard work and time I dedicate to my art. I attribute my success to my continued focus and efforts. I am courageous, because there is not a safety net or nebulous guidance.
Being a Humanist and Atheist, I continue to find the book challenging, but try to concentrate on the things I DO agree with.
Finally, I found this really cool post where they have rewritten the "Basic Principles".
- written by Tae Phoenix
I spent a few hours today at my studio working on an armature for an upcoming sculptural project. Although, it will not ever be seen in the final piece, I really like the way it looks. I also disassembled an old art piece of mine.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.