How to be an Artist
edited: Friday, April 20, 2012
By Joyce White
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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If you are hurting and needing some tender loving care, try expressing yourself by doodling, scribbling, drawing, painting, sculpture and/or photography.
When contemplating art making, some of us need a peaceful, quiet sanctuary to work in; while others may need the sound of water of the clatter of conversation coming from the television. Some mothers might want to watch their children sleep a while before heading excitedly to their computers to write their hearts. Others might do some exercising to get their blood flowing to their brain. Do whatever it takes to inspire you to get moving an artful way. When you are in emotional or physical crisis like I was, we get caught up in unhealthy relationships and behaviors. I will admit I drank till I could drink no more. I dated till I could date no more. I sat around for years doing nothing by watching television and reading self-help books trying to become a better me, happier me. I finally threw myself into creative expression having a lot to say and needing a way to say it. For those of you who may think you are not creative, who have left your creativity alone for too long like me, go ahead, gift yourself some time to stretch your imagination like an athlete stretches his muscles before a big race. To do this, I begin by sitting in a chair, reciting affirmations, praying and/or listening to New Age Music. The bells and whistles chime long traditions and peaceful new beginnings. I think about the angel Michael who is known for inspiring us to open our minds to new ways of thinking.
Being in the flow of art is a spiritual awakening feeling much like journaling. It is sort of like meditating which is like losing yourself in the moment. Before getting down to work, I always tried affirming myself as a person of value, talented enough and naive enough to rewrite my life. Before getting down to journaling, I begin a ritual of stretching a ritual of stretching my neck back and forth, and rolling my head in a circled while thinking about what it is I want to write about. I found it best to unclothe myself of negative doubt, and invite new ideas and boundless energy into my body. I often say a prayer for guidance and inspiration. When in tune with my inner artist, I am unstoppable. Strong. Able. Creative. I think about how hard my hands and fingers have worked for me; and, how often they gave me a sense of fulfillment. I thanked God for my natural abilities and prayed to be a tool of his love and creativity. If you are hurting and needing some tender loving care, try expressing yourself by doodling, scribbling, drawing, painting, sculpture and/or photography. They all allow you to tape into a source of inner wisdom that can provide you guidance, sooth emotional pain and revitalize your being.