Artist's Way

Walking in This World Check In April 9, 2012


Greetings fellow travelers,

This quote best sums up how I feel who I am. This is how I see myself and my role in The Artist’s Way. It’s also why I say Greetings fellow travelers.

“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow-traveler of who you asked the way.

I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.”

-George Bernard Shaw

I did 5/7 Morning Pages. My Artist’s Date I went to a local store to pick up a new artsy Morning Pages notebook and boy did I find an unusual one. My notebook came with a Crayola pen called “Wild Notes” that when you write it turns different colors red, blue, green, and purple. As I used this unique pen I wondered about it’s technology that was making this a possibility to change colors so with the same ink. I did an entire day’s worth Morning Pages with this pen and I stared at the varied cotton colored phasing in and out of colors of my ink over the entire three pages. It was quite surreal. I have in the past used a purple or a pink pen to fill my Morning Pages, but never before four different colors all the same page. It was quite a site. And very pretty. The cover of my notebook is black background with cursive writing across in shades of blue, yellow, orange, and red. It tickled my inner child. At this Artist’s Date I also looked for supplies to complete the colalge in the third week task of “Walking in This World.” I was looking for poster board which I did see this particular store carry before, but the day I did the Artist’s Date there was no poster board to be found. I also came home and I thought I had some rubber cement and discovered mine was all dried out and empty. I was frustrated thinking I couldn’t completed the collage task. So, I was reading the comments on The Artist’s Way Circle on Facebook and one of the members made a collage using a free site on the internet called Photovisi That site is such a fun site and I totally loved the freedom to experiment and play with my collage. There were different backgrounds and layouts. Lots of choices of colors and fonts. My boyfriend and I are doing “Walking in This World” together including going on the walks together and we put this collage together. We both made decisions on what to use and incorporate in our collage. The collage above is the end result of our creative collaboration. Creative collaboration is so much fun! I think the member in The Artist’s Way Circle pointing out Photovisi as a wonderful synchronicity and solution to make our collage since I couldn’t find the poster board.

I walked 40 minutes this week going to and from the store where I participated in my Artist’s Date. I noticed the beauty of the daffodils and the purple flowers in the trees. The air was crisp and wonderful. I had a good walk, but I still finding myself needing to sit after short distances. I hope that my stamina for walking will improve.

This past week I learned a lot about myself. I became more aware of my true nature. I live my life hiding in an attic like in the “Hiding Room.” I want to spend more time expressing myself. I want to get most out of my life. I experienced another synchronicity. I wrote in my Morning Pages about how I was to proceed with all of the creative dreams that I have and to my surprise I discovered this poem that seemed to fit the request I made in the Morning Pages.

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.

Fully Alive – Dawna Markova

Warm regards,