I have this praxis of writing morning pages (the Julia Cameron way). I have done them on and off for many years. I do them first thing in the morning. I write by hand in a room lit only by candles (– this to try to fool my inner critic to believe I’m still sleeping …)
Sometimes I fill my pages with dreams, other days I write my worries. Some mornings I write boring resumés, and some days I ask myself questions to see if my sleepy self can come up with better & more amusing ideas.
Today I asked my morning pages for suggestions regarding how to continue my “intuitive mark making” process — and in the back of my mind I also have a bigger, more philosophical question to sort out, namely: Why is the ‘old-fashioned’ genre of still life so important to me???
This is the guidance I got:
(The sleepy teacher in me helped me make a list 😇)
- I will go on making my quick marks on paper (at least for another week), using paper hinders me jumping into the ‘produce a nice painting’ mode.
- Do Joe Packer’s online class Organic Structures- Spatial Experiments in Collage, to help me find new ways of loosening up (Emily Ball).
- Work on my own mark making alphabet – a concertina?
- Regarding the philosophical side of things, I will start a longer journey into studying the still life genre, to try to find out more about why I find it so attractive. (A quest like this will hopefully keep my logical brain busy for a while – stopping it from interfering too much in my art making)
Oh – the joy of lists!
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#4 made me smile – keeping your logical brain busy so it doesn’t interfere with your art. 🙂 These marks are striking, I enjoyed seeing them! The second brings to mind Ellsworth Kelly’s line drawings of plants. The interior spaces of the flower and leaves breathe!
Thank you so much! One often suppose intuition is easy, but it isn’t! At least not in a world so focused on rational thinking as ours.
True enough. 🙂