“To see things in the seed, that is genius.” ~ Lao Tzu
I am two months in to my focused project on Emily Dickinson and I have noticed a subtle but very real shift in my conciousness and daily habits, including my artwork.
I don’t yet call myself an artist, but I am a person who sees in symbols and images. Different forms of art help me process life. I write poetry, sew, draw, paint, among other things. But having so many creative interests can feel overwhelming and get in the way of actually making anything. It has become important to make small art or complete minuscule projects regularly rather than have vague ideas of large projects that I never complete.
My most recent challenge is doing tiny watercolor and ink paintings on artist trading cards. Each completed painting corresponds with an Emily poem. Thus far I have finished tiny art pieces for Exclusion, If I can stop one heart, I’m nobody, and Tell all the Truth but Tell it Slant. I plan to complete several more over the course of the coming days.
I like to think of these tiny paintings as art seeds, both because of the size metaphor and because of the growth possibilities. My experience is that engaging in low pressure small art leads to greater satisfaction and more productivity in art because I can hardly wait to begin the next one.
If you are looking for assistance in a mindful approach to art, I do recommend Mindful Art Studio as a gentle and helpful resource. I just signed up for the Small Creative Acts course and am really anticipating positive results. Amy Maricle, the owner of the site seems to be a wonderful teacher and has a background in art therapy which lends itself to a very peaceful online environment.
Peace and creativity,