I am sad to see this class end, and not to be awaiting the next lesson in my inbox on Wednesdays. I have struggled at times with my Rebel when I work against myself, rebelling against some of the suggestions. I have this problem with writing - I returned recently to The Artist's Way, and her suggestions of daily Morning Pages, each and every day, set off my Rebel "no way, not every day." That said, I have found first hand the usefulness of writing in this course, so I won't abandon the method completely.
Key things that I learned: In no particular order, I will list them here.
1. Writing is helpful
2. Cleaning out is HARD, but I will continue this practice too. Using what's here is something I enjoy doing, I have plenty and need to dig deep into my stash.
3. My Committee is STRONG, but I have some new friends in there.
4> My daughter is a fabulous resource for brainstorming, ideas, discernment and encouragement. [She attended art school for college, and has art training, she was intrigued when I told her that I was taking AST, and has been enormously helpful when I was stuck during the course.]
5. Creating and creativity is a spiritual practice for me, so I need to make sure that making does not become pressured or mundane, since I now am making to sell in a gallery.
6. I can honor the psychologist/psychoanalyst part of me without plunging into the dark. I need joy to offset the hard, and I don't have to wholly identify with my work life.
7. I have content. I was thinking in way too literal a way when I was trying to identify content at first. My daughter recalled one of her professors saying "don't do what you always do - try to be more abstract with your ideas."
8. I tend to become expansive with many new ideas rather than developing a focus. But I can let go of things that I have tried and didn't like, or tried and realized "this is not for me" (for example, Polymer clay). I can give away supplies and UFO;s that I was once excited about. I have to admit that I wasted some money but now release this to someone else who might love it.
1. I will plan and execute a new woven piece with content as the centerpiece.
Actual content to be revealed at a later date
2. I will continue cleaning and getting rid of things. Use what I have will be my new mantra
3. Finish up, use up, or give away things that I have in stock. Release stuff that I will not work with, or make plans to use what I have. Get rid of failed UFO's (not everything I have completed is precious; some is horrible.)
- I will write 2-3 times per week.
- use my journal to stay in alignment
- sketch out some designs
- list ideas and content.
5. Pursue more practice in surface design, fabric painting, and silk painting. I have the materials and the dyes, now I need to set aside the time to play and make messes. Its just string (as a friend says prior to cutting off a "dog" on the loom.)
6. I will be bold, make messes, play, experiment, learn, and allow myself to make mistakes, while I am also more intentional with the content piece that I am planning and will complete.
Thank you Jane, and dear classmates. You have all been very honest and brave during this past 10 weeks. I have appreciated reading and sharing while you did your personal work, and your kind encouraging words about mine. I have gained a great deal from this experience!
Thank you all