Monday, July 11, 2016

Building Stamina

When you turn around, starting here, lift this new glimpse that you found; 
carry into evening all that you want from this day.   
This interval you spent reading or hearing this, keep it for life-
What can anyone give you greater than now, starting here, 
right in this room, when you turn around?
~ William Stafford, excerpt from “You Reading This, Be Ready”

I had the opportunity to to take Jane Dunnewold's Creative Strength Training workshop this past weekend.  Having had great respect for Jane and her work, it was wonderful to finally spend time with her.  This supportive workshop focuses on, as Jane puts it, building creative stamina and encouraging your rebel artist.  Reflection, writing and creative exercises ... Truly an inspiring day.  I am continuing to explore more of the process with her book.  Jane also offers a 10 week online course.  I recommend CST to all artists.

Very helpful advice was to approach writing as a strategy to explore creative ideas.  Letting that writing be simple, as in jotting notes down.  I agree with her that writing can support art making.  For those of you, who like me, have tried writing morning pages (as prescribed in "The Artist's Way"), but not stuck with them, this useful method may be simpler to add into one's art practice.

To learn more about Jane, there is an informative 3 part interview series on Textile Artist.  Follow the link to the first interview here.

Thank you to Jane for a wonderful day.  And to Deborah Weir for organizing this workshop for us.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you got to meet her and spend time with her. When I tried mind mapping the first time, I was surprised how much writing really does help the move artistic process forward.


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