Monday, August 29, 2011

The Artist's Way

We have finished Chapter 4 of "The Artist's Way", with the group being hosted by Paula. I read this chapter while travelling, and did a few of the tasks. The one task that I absolutely refused and felt such resistance to, was the reading deprivation. I could not even attempt it!

I have found myself over the past few weeks sorting through books and papers, and getting rid of a lot of "stuff". When I read about making these changes in this chapter, I felt on the right track. I still have more to do, but it feels good to be clearing away clutter.

I am back to doing morning papers. It does help to clear the mind. I want to start this school year off with a better morning routine and maybe this will help.

I attempted a number of the tasks with the buried dreams exercise - listing hobbies, activities and skills. Interesting lists!

I thought about a number of the tasks while I was in the car, but did not write the letters. I do intend to do this.

One artist's date took place in Lake George. There was an outdoor fair and I spent a good hour visiting art booths and seeing a lot of interesting work. I even bought a few pieces.

The second artist's date was in Saratoga Springs. I saw one artist's work and was mesmerized by the size of the pieces (well over 4 ft. tall) and the vibrant colour. I have to track him down online!

During the past 2 weeks I have not been very creative. I haven't worked on ATCs or painted and I have missed that. Travelling was enjoyable and I did take a lot of photos tho. It was fun to explore Lake George and Saratoga Springs - something we have not done in the past few visits.

But now it is time to get into school mode. I have started planning and will be going in all week to set up my classroom.

I must make time for art though - I have missed it.

On to Chapter 5 this week.


Leone said...

I can't believe you are back to school already, The time lately has just flown by. I hope you enjoyed your holiday. I haven't been blogging much, just lazy I think but I have been doing quite a bit of creating - making beaded bracelets lately. I still check into your blog every day. Take care.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Your dates sound fabulous! Time to refill your well indeed.
I haven´t yet found one of our group that has accepted the reading deprivation. We are a merry bunch of rebels. :D
You are getting a lot out of the tasks, making them tailored fit for you.

Anonymous said...

It's really interesting how we, ALL each and every one, had the same completely averse reaction to that one task of reading deprivation. I know there is a lot of sense in it and a lot to be gotten from it, but I just CAN'T bring myself to do it. It's like saying, go one week without eating.

You have a good reason to have missed some tasks and stuff, having been away on vacation. That is a time to fill the well... more a time to take things in, see what's going on around you, rather than occupying yourself with too much going within. No, I think you did very well! You got a whole lot done and made very good use of your time.