Feb 29, 2012

Creative Block Stinks

Below is a quote from page 165 in Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way. The chapter is about creative blocks and Julia states, "Every creative person has myriad ways to block creativity. Each of us favors one or two ways particularly toxic to us because they block us so effectively." (Yes, she did say that.)

"Blocking is essentially an issue of faith. Rather than trust our intuition, our talent, our skill, our desire, we fear where our Creator is taking us with this creativity. Rather than paint, write, dance, audition, and see where it takes us, we pick up a block. Blocked, we know who and what we are: unhappy people. Unblocked, we may be something much more threatening - happy. For most of us, happy is terrifying, unfamiliar, out of control, too risky."
This idea that we place blocks in the path of our own creativity is intriquing. My first reaction was, "that's not true!" But the more I reflect on this, I tend to agree, at least in my creative life. In a time of prayer, a visual metaphore will come to mind. I can see it clearly as a watercolor painting. It always has to do with God revealing something to me about my life or where I am with Him. I desire to get out my watercolors and try to translate the image in my mind and heart onto the paper. But often I don't get beyond the desire. Self-doubt stops me cold in my tracks. The inner-critic begins to chant in my mind, "You can't paint that. You don't know how to use watercolors correctly. You are going to make a mess of this." Yes, I'm sad to say that I let the evil one distract me and discourage me. I let him. That means I created, or allowed, the block. But why? I'll tell you why - fear.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

However, when I recall Who's on my side, I pursue (through lots of prayer). Finally, I put the paint onto the paper and I feel a sense of relief, a deep feeling of God's presense with me and even, dare I say, I feel His pleasure. I did it. I gave it my best shot. I obeyed the divine nudge in my spirit to create the image that needed to be birthed.
The next time you feel a creative block, consider its source. Then consider this truth: God is your creative source. You have the Holy Spirit. Nothing is impossible. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16.
What is your block? What keeps you from expressing and developing your creative voice, be it writing or visual arts? It's my prayer that you will acknowlege the block, then kindly chuck it out the window. Move forward with your creative endeavor, inviting Jesus into the process with you. Pay attention to divine nudges and inspiration when they come. God's presense is always with us, it's up to us to notice and savor those moments. Using our creativity is a way of expressing those sweet times.
Grace & peace on the journey ~

Feb 21, 2012

Exploring the Significance of Color

Our days are filled with color from the moment we open our eyes in the morning til we open our eyes the next morning. Not sure about you, but I DO dream in color.

Depending on your vision quality, color plays a vital role in your life. Which shirt should you wear with which pants? Should I match my lipstick to my outfit? Feeling the need to re-decorate a room in your house? Food - would you eat a strawberry if it were brown in color? Color matters. Especially to God - you can tell that just by observing this beautiful world He created for us.

March @ The Studio will be a cool month of exploring the significance of color. Each Wednesday night we'll take a look at a different facet of this topic: God's color palette, color and symbolism, basic color theory, mixing colors, Scripture and color, just to name a few (I can't give away all the surprises!)

How do you sign up for March @ The Studio?
  • You must go online to register:  http://www.lwccyork.com/creativearts
  • There is a $10 fee: which covers the cost of materials and art supplies (we have some surprises in there too!)
  • Deadline to register for March @ The Studio is Thursday, March 1st.
BRING your SKETCHBOOK to each night of The Studio.

March @ The Studio is shaping up to be one of my very favorite Studio's in its history. As we planned this month's topic of color - I've learned so much and have come to appreciate all that God has given to us: the way He paints the morning sky differently from the evening sky, for example. I know you will feel the same as we move through the Wednesdays in March.

Please register - again, online. Thanks for being patient with this online registration process. It's really helpful when we must buy expensive art supplies and materials for The Studio.

Questions? Email deAnn or call 717-755-0089 x126.

Grace & Peace,

Feb 16, 2012

Feb 15, 2012

NOA: Past and Future

NOA - Night of Art - the special night when we meet during the off months of The Studio. NOA was last week - Wednesday to be specific. It was awesome. Click here to read more about it and see images from the evening. Oh, and you can find out when the next NOA is happening!
Grace & peace on the creative journey,