Second Artist Date – Shapes

I created another set on Flickr for photos from my second Artist Date, this time I was looking for shapes. I found these during the Maplewood Sweet Tooth Tour, which was a self-guided tour of local shops all offering a sample of their wares. Husband and I spent a couple of hours wandering from shop to shop sampling the wares.

Found these in Roots, a small antique shop on Maplewood high street:

Glass globes

Metal stamp

Metal and wooden letter stamps

My Morning Pages have been left undone this last week as I’m attempting to let the tendonitis heal. Also have a 2nd degree brown belt test to prepare for, and I want to be fully functional so my instructor can see me at my best, and then demonstrate how far I have to go 🙂

(Started a Flickr Collection for my Artist Date photos, the first set was colour blocks.)

The Artist’s Way – first Artist Date

I joined a group on Facebook going through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron over the course of a year. The book is written as a 12 week course on creativity. Two of the practices introduced in the first chapter are the Artist Date, and Morning Pages. For my first Artist Date I went looking for blocks of colour and found these:

Sunrise and pylons

Lemon yellow

Mango green and red

Light through honey

Morning Pages is something I didn’t expect to like, three pages of handwritten text first thing in the morning, all output and no input. It was drilled into me at school that I have horrible handwriting and the morning pages are fast, trying to make the hand keep up with the mind. I started out as an ambidextrous child, and my primary school teacher decided I had to stop using my left hand. Didn’t get a choice in that one, I was maybe 5 years old. I think if I’d been allowed to use both hands, I would have favoured the left.

So far I have 54 pages of scrawl written in my green notebook and I’m not letting myself think about the quality of the handwriting. Morning Pages are a lot like Natalie Goldberg’s writing practice from Writing Down The Bones, keep your hand moving, don’t edit, don’t think. I’ve seen nuggets from stories go past in the morning pages, odd descriptions, some rants, lots of to-do lists, and what I can hear in the house first thing and see out of the window. I haven’t gone back to read any of what I’ve written yet, I’m thinking I may when I’ve filled the notebook, I have 190 pages to go and I should get there in 63 days on 23rd March. Plenty of time to find a second notebook to fill.