After retiring from a career in public service I was excited to reconnect with my passion for the arts. I made a pledge to create art every day in an art journal for an entire year. I recognized the importance of stretching my creative muscles after years away from my craft. I also wanted to try some new techniques. These pictures are just a few samples from my art journal.
I’m also learning the art of creative writing. Starting a blog was suggested as a way to develop a writing practice and I enjoy blogging, but more recently I listened as two of my writer friends discussed the benefit of writing “morning pages”. I glanced over at my friend’s journal as she shared her morning pages, written in a beautiful lavender script.
I was intrigued, so I researched the practice of morning pages and found a great article in The Guardian I’ll share here. There are a few rules to morning pages as introduced by Julia Cameron, in her book, The Artist’s Way. You’re encouraged to write your morning pages in longhand and you must fill three full-length pages. The effects over time are said to be profound. Studies have also shown that there is an organic, emotional connection when writing longhand with pen and paper that simply doesn’t translate when typing on a computer. I recall an article on this very topic a few months ago in the Huffington Post. If you’re interested you can check out the research here.
I’m going to try my hand at morning pages and report back in a future blog – if you have suggestions or experience with morning pages, please share!
Whatever your creative outlet, I encourage you to stay connected with it in some way whether it’s an art journal, secret diary, morning pages, blogging, or meditation. Do what works best for you and stretch your creative muscles, keep them limber and flexible.
May you find peace and happiness in those mindful moments when the magic of creative flows from within.