You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
~John O'Donohue, excerpt "For One Who is Exhausted"
I had stepped back for a time, and now am finding my way back to making art once again. (Not much posting either.) I had the good fortune to help staff a Shambhala Art retreat last month, which renewed my spirit. Unfamiliar with this? The Shambhala Art program brings awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation. Not just for artists, the program allows everyone to discover the creative life.
I am not interested in taking a lot of technique classes at this point in my life. Rather than fill up, I am seeking to return to my senses, empty out and discover what is already inside waiting to be expressed. Finding my way back to some engaged joyful process, for within that comes self discovery as things open up. I am re-exploring Jane Dunnewold's Creative Strength Training workbook as I begin to warm up my creative muscles.
For those of you interested in a similar path, Jane and her daughter, Zenna Duke, will be leading the 2018 online Creative Strength Training beginning March 1st. As. A reminder, this is not just for artists, but open to everyone. For info: Creative Strength Training.
And here is what I have been playing with... cut paper notan style.