Monday, June 22, 2009
And of course it was very fun besides : ) to have the luxury of painting all day for 3 days straight, away from home, no laundry, no dishes, no nagging phone calls. I will try to have my Purple Mandala posted to my blog in a few days. I have been creating a drawn mandala - often a 20 min. drawing meditation - most mornings a week for quite awhile now. This process was more complex, of course, being a 24 inch square canvas, instead of a 9 x 9 inch drawing. But I recommend the simple drawing for a way to connect quickly with the magic meditation of the mandala: draw a circle, make a point in the middle and then draw whatever design, lines, pictures that come to mind. You can also use colored pens or pencils or crayons. It is amazingly healing. I recommend Carl Jung's beautiful book, MANDALAS, for a fascinating search into the healing aspects of creating mandalas. As for me, I hope to start creating LARGE ones. Look here to see some future image postings.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
So to keep your creative life flowing, and your relationship feeling good, try new things regularly. Should you do these things alone or with your sweetie? Well, both. The same part of your brain chemistry is getting fired up in each, but you sometimes really need that alone time as an artist or creative; it is your time to refuel the essence of the very unique you. But then again, we function best when our relationships are thriving too, so share novel and exciting experiences also.
How does it work? When you are doing rewarding or exciting activities, your brain operates with the same chemistry as when a new love relationship is just beginning. That part of the brain stimulated in new lovers and those engaged in exciting, rewarding activities is the same, fueled by the neurotransmitter, dopamine. Interesting - which may help explain why artists are never happier than when they're creating and practicing their art.