Exercises in Creativity

I am happy to report that I’m coming along nicely on my reorganization project.  Meet me back here on Tuesday and I’ll show you the result.

In the meantime, let’s talk creativity. I’m a firm believer in exercise… No, not jumping jacks and jogging. Although those are good for creativity as well. I’m talking about exercising your brain.

As writers, you may have heard of Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. In it, she suggests that writers and artists start their days by writing morning pages. Simply, you write three pages first thing in the morning. You don’t write a story or anything that you’ve outlined. Instead, you write whatever comes to you. If that means that you write, “I don’t know what to write,” over and over, then that’s what you write until the next thought comes along.

I’ve written morning pages on and off for years, and I must say that I think I am more creative and more ready to write on the days when I’ve done my morning pages.  Well, I recently took an on-line art class called BIG to inch my way toward becoming a Fearless™ painter.  In that class, Connie suggested that we do morning art pages.  So, for the last month, I have been painting  in my art journal every morning.  I must say, I do love doing morning art and I think it sets the mood for a day of increased creativity when I do it.

So, I thought I’d share one of my morning paintings with you and pass along this little tip.  Try writing or painting in the morning as a prelude to a creative day.  Remember, the point of it is to just do it… don’t judge it, don’t stop to edit it, just let the words or the images pour out of you.

Have a great and creative day!!

About loubelcher

I'm a freelance artist and writer. I enjoy anything whimsical and my art and writing generally concentrate on the lighter side of life.
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3 Responses to Exercises in Creativity

  1. I love this! I appreciate this concept too, it takes away the importance of creating for “work” and brings it back to creating for the pure enjoyment of it! I love the textures in your landscape – you must have had a blast creating it!!! It looks “happy”.

  2. Reblogged this on debbiejohnsonartist and commented:
    This is a great post. Lou reminds me that I should enjoy the process. Creativity is not all about the end product…it is about the joy of using the gifts we are blessed with!

  3. loubelcher says:

    Debbie… Thanks so much for your comments and for reblogging my post. What a wonderful start to my day.


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