Have you ever wondered what an artist’s daily creative practise looks like? How they start their day? What helps them get into the ‘right’ frame of mind and/or over creative blocks?
Then here is a glimpse into part of my morning routine.
A bit of background / explanation on what Morning Pages (originally) are:
“Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages* – they are not high art. They are not even ‘writing’. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind…” – Julia Cameron (author of ‘The Artist’s Way’)
In 2017, I had done those 3 written pages every morning for two years, when I adapted the practise and added a Visual Morning Page to my daily routine.
Julia Cameron also says: “The bedrock tool of creative recovery is a daily practice called Morning Pages.”
I couldn’t agree more.
The exercise frees the writer/artist from self-censure and helps to deal with creative blocks.
In my experience, it is a powerful tool to battle *Resistance*!
Although, they are supposed to be for the artist’s eyes only, I have been sharing them in my Instagram Stories from time to time – well, my visual pages, not the written ones 😉
On the one hand, because I want to share my creative journey, and on the other, because there are always a few fellow artists checking my IG, and if I can offer an idea / impulse, then I’m happy!
Last but not least, my Visual Morning Pages have been a great basis for my mindfulness practise: More and more people use colouring books as a form of meditation, and in my experience it works very well. Personally however, I prefer doodling to colouring – looking for shapes and patterns and then tracing them. This goes together beautifully with my Visual Morning Pages (see the picture at the top of the page and a couple of examples at the end of this post).
My Visual Morning Pages from 29 July – 4 August 🎨
They were, of course, influenced by my time in the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) and my trips to Basel and Freiburg.
My Visual Morning Pages from 23 July – 28 July 🎨
They were also influenced by my time in the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) and my trip to Basel.
Meditative doodling with my Visual Morning Pages as the basis:
What about you? Any creative practise you’d like to share? Routines and/or rituals that help you?
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