Last fall I began working on an opt-in offer for Creative Mix, what I thought would be a list of building blocks for a creative life. When I sat down to sketch the components, I found myself drawing a grid.
As a longtime student of art history, I knew that underneath a chaotic surface, there was often a solid structure, a grid the artist used to hold the work together. Likewise, the various components of our life can be supported by a good structure.
The prototype grid is on the website, but you can expect it to be dolled up considerably once my designer, Holly Moxley, gets ahold of it. And it will be annotated. My opt-in offer will be ready in March. In the meantime, I’m devoting each month of the year to different topic of the grid.
January will be all about practice.
As some of you know, I like to assign coffee practice to my individual clients. Often they complain of not having time or space for writing practice, either because they have full-time jobs or because their families (usually husbands) are hanging around the house. To take the pressure off, I suggest they go to their favorite coffee shop, order a warm, frothy drink, and write for twenty minutes without expectation or agenda. They love having permission to get out and relax with writing.
Since I lost my studio in September, I’ve been indulging in coffee practice regularly, often posting photographs of my notebook and coffee mugs on Facebook. Inspired by the #365 projects of Marisa Glaser Goudy, I’m making coffee practice into an official daily project. Last year Marisa took part in #365feministselfie, creating daily self-portraits, without embellishment. Marisa posted photographs of herself tired and pregnant, then cozy while nursing, then working on her computer with baby strapped to her chest–never posed, never made up unless she was made up for an occasion. You can read what Marisa learned from #365feministselfie and her recommendations for your #365 project here.
In 2015 I will write for 20 minutes a day, document the time and location of my practice, and post on Facebook, Google+, and Instagram, using the hashtag, #continuouspractice.
I would love for you to join me.
You can do writing practice or meditation or drawing practice or feminist selfies or whatever you choose. The only conditions: no editing and no judgment. Set a number of days you want to commit to practice and show up.
If you have a regular practice and join a community of practice,
If you want to create a regular practice and seek support,
This project is perfect for you.
Looking forward to a year of making art, being present to our lives and loved ones, and finding creative means of livelihood.