This Just Might Work!



Trust that still small voice that says “This just might work, to hell with it, I’ll try it! Dianne Mariechild



Deliberateness and the Hand of an Adult



For a child, there is no separation between their intention to draw and the marks they make.  They do not hesitate, make judgments or backtrack.

As adults, to regain this sense of deliberateness, we must return to what we instinctively knew as children. Fear lies between “I want to do this” and “I will do this” and we must be alert to it’s sneaky ways.

Are you an artist who judges each mark and fears it is not good enough?  Painting and drawing requires an absence of judgment when stepping back and looking at your work.

To “wait and feel” before you make your marks usually puts us in receptive rather than active mode.  This can allow feelings to guide you and reflect so beautifully in your work.

It takes a lot of patience to just wait.  It also takes a lot of discipline to take a break from your work every 45 minutes or so.  This is so beneficial and I am guilty of not doing this when a work is going well.

I leave you with this quote from the Tao-te-Ching:

“Let life ripen and then fall; force is not the way at all.”

Do You Talk Too Much?

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Here I present two quotes to set you straight about being humble and not talking yourself up if and when you get adulation.

“Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know.” Laozi

And from Konstantin Stanislavsky:

“Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.”  This is not easy for many artists, especially performers who receive a lot of attention.  When we’re full of ourselves, art cannot flow through us.  Our art becomes rigid, limited  by the boundaries we’ve created for ourselves, or stunted by our feelings and ideas.” 

This is of no concern for me because I don’t get a lot of attention.  However, after reading these two quotes, I have decided to be a little quieter….

Can you think of a person who talked too much and didn’t let anybody else get a word in? And did they know what they were talking about?  Were you feeling anxiously eager to get away from them?  I’d love to read your comments.

The Action of No-Action

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My quote today is from the book “The Zen of Creativity – Cultivating Your Artistic Life” by John Daido Loori.

“In the action of no-action (wu-wei), a cardinal aspect of the true creative process is set forth.  In wu-wei, the mind is silenced and the work is allowed to express itself.”

To me, this defines the meaning of becoming purposeless in your work.

Your best work happens when it turns up all on its own.