On Friday I held space for another Live Virtual Art Circle. After taking a break from the live circles over the summer it was nice to share the energy with those creatives who joined me. As usual I opened the circle with a favorite quote and an intention setting meditation. This quote speaks to the way I like to work myself and with other’s in my workshops and is from art therapist and writer Shaun McNiff’s Art Heals, How Creativity Cures the Soul:
“…give artistic expression their autonomy, see them as distinct from ourselves, and learn how to relate to them in more imaginative and therapeutic ways.” – Shan McNiff
Though we had some technical glitches the chat allowed us to engage in some pretty interesting discussions about creative process.
Essentially everyone’s process is different. We all have different paces, different intentions for creating, different internal and external responses to art and creativity. The important thing is to be aware of your own unique process and what works for you.
During the Virtual Art Circle some participants were curious about my process. I shared that because I feel that I usually over think things, I tend to try to let this go as I paint and allow my intuitive Self to lead the way. This is part of why I begin with a meditation to clear space for my intuition to expand in. Some people walk away or take breaks from their art to give their creativity the space to grow. We all need to find ways to give our creative Selves the room needed to grow and thrive.
I invite you to explore your own process. One way to do this is to try a more spontaneous approach to creating your art and see what unfolds for you. Where do you find resistance, or feelings of stuck? When do you experience creative flow the most? Sometimes we have to break out of old patterns and experiment with new ones to make these important discoveries.
For just 4 more days you can watch the Virtual Circle I held last Friday but then the link will expire on Spreecast. You can create along side the recording after listening to the meditation and pretend it is live. I would love to hear about your process and what works for you. It would be great to have you join us at the next Virtual Art Circle as well. To be sure that you stay in the loop for the next Free Virtual Art Circle sign-up for my newsletter and free e-course here.