Artist's Way Blog
|Posted by Kate Gavigan on July 15, 2011 at 1:29 PM|
Week 10---Julia warned us that this segment of the journey would include “waves of resistance and hope” in “a birthing process”.
Every day as I turn the corner of my porch and see my red bench and red door I experience a wave of hope!
They are my daily inspiration reminding me that my mind is constantly CREATING and sometimes I catch those thoughts and MAKE THEM SO.
3 weeks ago I had a broken down bench I was ready to haul away and a stained and scarred front door. As I turned the corner my critic would have plenty to say:
“When are you going to toss that useless bench?”
“Why haven’t you at least cleaned the door-how embarrassing!”
“Curb appeal? I don’t think so!!”
The door was open (literally) to an avalanche of self-criticism and carrying my 300 lb. critic across the deck meant I arrived home discouraged & tired.
Creativity always involves risk---what if I choose the wrong red? My helper (husband) after the 3rd coat of primer and paint assured me that it absolutely was the RIGHT RED.
I failed (picture me hands raised with a smile on my face) to buy the right amount of paint. Michelangelo must have faced this very difficulty!
Some people might not see the connection; but my imperfectly accomplished creative movement to paint a door and bench somehow helped me to make a phone call and write a letter that are the first baby steps for two other stalled out projects.
Maybe I can take one more baby step today!