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Julia Cameron-The Artist's Way-Creative Adventures in Art
The Artist's Way - The Vein of Gold
I have done "The Artist's Way"and also her book, "The Vein of Gold". Both a remarkable experience.
What do I mean by 'done them'?
Her books are about tapping into your creative side and how to get there. Julia also blesses you with a better mental attitude in the process. She writes about how to know better who you are and what you can do to make your life better and more fulfilled.
Each chapter has a new adventure of the heart, collages, photo searches, things like that. She also asks you to walk for 20 minutes and to keep a journal, of which she calls "morning pages". For those of you who have never kept a journal, you will see the advantages of that soon!
Julia Cameron (4 March 1948, Illinois) most notably the author of "The Artist's Way", a remarkable book of self discovery.
Julia Cameron Books
Here are a few versions of "The Artist's Way". More of Julia Cameron's books are below.
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Julia Cameron Quotes
Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite - getting something down.
Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness.
Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.
Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself.
I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.
Love is the substance of all life. Everything is connected in love, absolutely everything.
Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.
Nothing dies harder than a bad idea.
Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough - that we should try again.
The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.
The growth of one blesses all. I am commited to grow in love. All that I touch, I leave in love. I move through this world consciously and creatively.
What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.
I Am an Older Gallery Woman Calling Out
by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
Art is always relevant.. it matters NOT what age you are, you can be as creative as you want to be.
I want to preface all
I am an older gallery woman
Dear fantasy art fairy
I remember true
I do recall
the most mysterious vision
a life stalled.
Yet soon to be heard beyond a
mermaids wanting longing
I indeed heard
a wanting call.
I met a fantasy art woman
seems odd to meet a fairy tale?
Perhaps a mermaid with a tail?
Nebulous singing story feels strange?
Ohh my dear companion
let me tell you of a goddess
Not so unlikely dear friend
if you imagine a story
with a sea captain
ready for adventures
past the frail.
Let me tell you then
of a sailors
beyond any traces of a captains rust.
Beyond the the dusk
he did embark on a magnificent journey.
Just like any folk song
he had claimed a lovely mermaid
and life beyond any dragons wrong
a song did sing.
He'd met her beyond the moon
and within laughters gale
captain of a sailing ship
set a lovely sail
far beyond our moon.
He'd met this siren 2 years prior
he had to find her
ribbons of desire she would
Tis not such an objectionable song
a captain and his wailing
He did entice the seas of yore
and on their weakness did implore...
Let me have my princess of the sea
and I swear I will refrain from seeking
and then forever
Who could or would ever ignore
a quest for love
by a sailor stored?
He met his memory
while waiting for a raptors song.
Within his glee
of finding his lassie
he held her closely
for the pale
took their hope away
yet a prince
would set his said sail.
So as this older gallery women relents
tis within a thousand sentiments
that love does rule
despite the costs
and will forever discard
Lest her king still finds her
of a captain of the sea
ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz: http://www.monkdogz.com/chelseagallery/artistart/M... FREE ART GIFTS,suitable for children plus prints, giclees, cards, available on my website: http://www.kathysart.com
The IMAGE is of my sculpture "Bleeding Wings 5"
The Artist's Way & Choosing Thoughts That Un-block Creativity - Are You Ready? - by Leslie Gebhart
Whether you are exploring your creativity together with others in an artist's way workshop or working solo, your creativity and the flow depends upon your thoughts. Did you know that researchers now know that the average person thinks up to 70,000 thoughts per day? That works out to a thought about every 1.1 seconds. Would you believe that there are that many thoughts going on inside your head? If you've ever felt blocked or stuck with your creative process, you've experienced negative thoughts. What if you were in charge of guiding those thoughts in the direction of your goals, dreams and creative process? With this much thinking taking place, it behooves us to focus that energy on meaningful goals or outcomes. Whether you are an individual or business manager wanting to improve your own productivity, having a dream, outcome or goal is what contributes order and purpose into thought processes. Your thoughts lead to a sense of discouragement or a sense of well-being. Your thoughts lead to action. Your actions create habits. Your habits determine your life.
Even though I'm old enough to be a grandmother, I've only recently learned the significance between my thinking and my outcomes. The concept of thoughts becoming things is new to me and so so helpful! I now feel so thrilled to be able to support others to see that we get whatever we focus upon most. Phew!
Coaches love to ask questions, so whether I'm supporting students in the artist's way workshops or on the phone, I submit questions to ponder. See if you find these helpful:
1. What is it that you most think about?
2. Are you liking the results of your thoughts?
3. Are you living the life you really want to be living?
I am a person who did not like setting goals. I didn't understand why it mattered and I felt frustrated about how to do it. Now I recommend that you give it a try. If you consider your goal as a blank sheet of paper on which you want to write something special, or a blank canvass on which something beautiful will be created, you can reduce the scope of goal setting to something very manageable.
If all those thoughts you are thinking are going to be thought anyway, you may as well provide some guidance for the thinking, no? Doesn't it make sense to experiment with putting your focus on the thoughts that would bring you what you want-or some improvement in what you now are doing?
Even if you don't agree that your life is not going the way you want because of the way you are thinking, are you willing to experiment with your creativity and start thinking different thoughts? This may take some resolve and courage and why not strengthen those resolve and courage muscles especially if you're not leading the life you want right now? For un-blocking or getting un-stuck, consider this:
1. Make a list of the awesome things you've done.
2. Find 3 people to appreciate and acknowledge and do it.
3. Make a commitment to put focus and thoughts on one thing that is positive or "right".
If it's true that our lives are products of our thoughts, we can begin making small thought changes any time we choose. Consider it a creative experiment to un-block creative flow.
Think of a time you made a difference for someone else. Think of a small gesture you can do right now to improve the room you're in or the counter top or the desk. Think a thought of 'how to make this right' then do it.
Below is a short list of some of the feedback I get from students when I make these suggestions:
o I can't control what I think.
o These thoughts just pop into my head.
o I'm ot in charge of my thinking
o It's just the way I am.
o I can't help how I think.
o They're just thoughts; they don't matter.
The exciting truth is that we can control what we think and I've recently learned that. We can put the focus on what we want, not on what is wrong. Whether you're an artist wanting to un-block, or feel less stuck, or a person who would not call yourself an artist, but you're feeling stuck, you can play with this thought process concept and create change. It's actually a skill worth cultivating. You'll find out that it can make a significant difference in the quality of your day. Every decision you make comes from the viewpoint of what you think you are and the value you place upon yourself. If you're willing to play with this creative experiment, you can change your belief of what is possible and recognize that the limitations you have encountered in the past are all part of a belief system you can change. Yes you can!
You'll find immediate access to your free Special Report (12 Tested Tips on taking action to expand your creativity NOW) at http://www.theartistswaydesert.com This special report and the series of articles, Zapping Blocks to Creativity are offered by Leslie Gebhart, M.A., Professional Certified Coach who supports you to connect with your creativity no matter what your work or leisure schedule. In addition to coaching in support of creativity, she adds facilitating the book study of Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way as a highlight of her work week. http://www.theartistswaydesert.com Feel free to paste this article into your own material so long as you also maintain the author contact information as is herein. Hope you found it useful! Make it a terrific day. :)
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Notorious Kahlo I Love You I Do - As I Stand in the Shadows Weeping For You
by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
I am inspired by other artists.. Frida being one.
These two quotes of Frida Kahlo's are significant. They are indeed the most significant quotes of hers to understand her life and the dedication to explaining who she was as a human being. It is within pure honesty that the artist shines and Kahlo's star shines for her tonight.
"I paint self portraits because I am the person I know best."
"I hope the departure is joyful and I hope never to return." ~Frida Kahlo
It is for Frida then that I write:
"Notorious Kahlo I Love You I Do - As I Stand in the Shadows Weeping For You"
Mexican art goddess
independent glamour queen
of a most glorious wonder.
Shocking conservative foes
dressing her canvases
from her very own
and injured soul.
I love you I do
as I stand in the shadows
weeping for you.
If I do not understand
mine own pain
I will lust after Frida
and her soulful
tears marked her days
you and I should remember
Wounded in body
demons of the dark
yet despite convalescence
left her deepest remarks.
came into her life
murals of politics
and Mexican strife.
France did know them
an artists pair
who danced in their art scene
reputations to flair.
Ahh feminist Frida
I light candles to you
when alone in my closet
unsure of what to do.
Cult figure I honor
write notes on my door
remember Ms Kahlo
who painted her soul's roar.
Who better to paint
than the one, one knows best
from cradle to grave
Frida revealed her own struggles
and difficult tests.
sure of her gestures
leaving no misunderstanding
Frida Kahlo said and painted
what her heart measured.
Sexuality not ignored
as some women do
Frido Kahlo said it all
as she thought her life through.
She gave herself freedom
gave us visions
within and without
her cast prison.
Within your bodies torturous doorman
your efforts to explore
will forever ignite me
past the tunes
I love you I do
as I stand in the shadows
weeping for you.
ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz: http://www.monkdogz.com/chelseagallery/artistart/M...
FREE ART GIFTS, suitable for children plus prints, giclees, cards, available on my website: http://www.kathysart.co
The Artist's Way Meets the Piano - by Edward Weiss
In her bestselling book "The Artist's Way," Julie Cameron suggests keeping a journal. She refers to them as morning pages where each morning, you just write off the top of your head.
This free writing exercise is nothing new. It's been done and popularized for quite some time now. But "The Artist's Way" really brought this practice back.
I was wondering why musicians, specifically piano players might apply the concept of free writing to playing piano. It then dawned on me that if you time your improvisations, or more accurately, set a time limit for how long you're going to play, it creates a space where the muse is free to express.
To this end, I created a lesson titled "Timed Piano Improvisation Exercise." It is a lesson that uses a 3-5 minute time limit. Students are encouraged to play whatever comes up within the given parameters - 3 chords in the mode of A Aeolian.
The beauty of these kinds of exercises is that the choice as to what to play has already been made. Now, all that is required is for the student to sit down and play within the limits set.
Some fight the idea of limitations thinking it constricts creativity. Not true! It actually helps you to focus in on self-expression. That's because you're not thinking about the next chord to play. This choice has already been made. All that is required now is to simply create in the moment.
And when the moment is a timed practice period, it gives students the freedom to just be at the piano.
After successfully trying these exercises myself, I realize how powerful they can be. Material comes that may have never appeared any other way. Why? Because we aren't focused on creating a product. Instead, we allow the improvisational process to lead us and this always leads to the "freshest" sounding music.
Edward Weiss is a pianist/composer and webmaster of Quiescence Music's online piano lessons. He has been helping students learn how to play piano in the New Age style for over 14 years and works with students in private, in groups, and now over the internet. Visit http://www.quiescencemusic.com now and get a FREE piano lesson!
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Quick, what do you think of Julia Cameron?
Life is a glorious adventure
We sometimes walk so quickly
that we forget to notice.
This is indeed a reminder to my own self.
This is LIFE TAKE ONE!
The image is a photo by Dennis G Magnusen
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