Some thoughts about the creative process... How can we bring curiosity and a sense of aliveness towards our creative projects, ourselves, and the world?
What I have learnt is that we can practice bringing a sense of freedom to the creative process; freedom to explore, to make mistakes, to play, to experiment and to let the work evolve. Once we make friends with the idea that we will make mistakes we start to notice that we have more choices. In fact making and resolving mistakes can lead us to something far more interesting than what was intended. Whats more, as we learn to lean into the creative process and let it take us into new and unknown territory, we become more comfortable with not knowing and uncertainty - and more curious and playful
As a recovered perfectionist i know how stifling it is to need to get things 'right'
It can help a great deal if we make friends with the parts of us that feel stuck or inadequate. The parts that aren't sure we're up to it, that don't like the uncertainty of the creative process, and that think it's too dangerous to try
Focusing Practitioner (in training) - I am currently training to be a Focusing Practitioner and exploring the theme of What holds us back from being more creative. This is on a one-to-one basis through the technique of Focusing.
"Focusing is an awareness process – something you do internally – that is based on the idea that a certain kind of body sense called a “felt sense” can help us discover and follow the best next steps of our life" Anne Weiser Cornell
Email me if you would like to know more, or would like to be involved as a volunteer
I paint in watercolour (with ink, oil pastel and wax resist) Behind the quick expressive marks is much observation and i aim to distil my experiences in order to express something of the essence. Keeping things spontaneous helps me find my authentic voice