Creating Flow… finding craft hygge in a circle.

A few weeks ago, I signed up for an art class that a friend had advertised… she was running it on a Tuesday night in a local gallery/social hub, Smithdown Social Arts Hub. It’s a short course, involving using inks, pastels, pens, paint, it was free to attend…. and it intrigued me. I draw and I have painted for fun, but I’ve never been brave … Continue reading Creating Flow… finding craft hygge in a circle.

Creativity: Mindful Christmas Day 9

December’s posts this year all share the theme of Mindful Christmas. There’ll be short posts each day encouraging us to pause and look at our celebrations in a more measured, mindful way. Every day has a concept heavily tied in to Christmas, and the plan is to look at them individually, examine what role they play in our own Christmas and, if we decide we … Continue reading Creativity: Mindful Christmas Day 9

Living my Best Life… with optional extras.

There’s a weekly task in The Artist’s Way that starts in Week One and continues in Week Two: What would your alternate life be? What would you be doing if you could do anything? I love the idea of imaginary lives, of letting myself for 10 minutes, an hour or even a day if possible imagine what life would be like as, say, an astronaut, … Continue reading Living my Best Life… with optional extras.

Artist Dates in the Time of Coronavirus

Artist dates are an important part of the journey in Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way. These weekly excursions to feed your inner artist and give you time to listen, both to your inner child and to the whispers of inspiration, are seen as non-negotiable. I’m a great fan of grabbing time to oneself and creating space to feel free, but 2020 and now 2021 are … Continue reading Artist Dates in the Time of Coronavirus

The Artist’s Way: Week One, Recovering A Sense of Safety

Be honest, do you feel able to call yourself an Artist? Have you ever been brave enough to stand up and announce that you have created something and it is good? I struggle to do this, I really do. Even after four and a half years writing a blog and (hopefully) not repeating myself too often, of writing, proofing and publishing six… seven? books that … Continue reading The Artist’s Way: Week One, Recovering A Sense of Safety

Book Friday: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

My word for the year is CREATIVITY and my intention is to live my live creatively, with a focus on adopting good habits, adapting situations to suit me and using my talents to create more and better both through writing, art and other creative methods themselves. It’s partly inspired by my decision to reread Simple Abundance properly every day as I outlined in my post … Continue reading Book Friday: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Christmas of Hope 2020: Start Planning for Next Year

I’m not planning to post anything between Christmas and New Year (Twixmas or Romjul, if you prefer) except perhaps a catch up post, so this post is really a sort of forward planning post, looking at what I intend to do next week and what I’m planning to start off with next year. I have some questions I need answering by any readers out there, … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start Planning for Next Year