Hinging / dependent
Tharp recommends taking a week off from a norm in your life to feed your creative health. It’s like a non food diet, and doesn’t need to last forever, just enough to get the taste of it.
For most of this trial my ongoing experiment over the week has been the Mind Wander project in increasing time duration. But for this final week I’m trying something different all week. On page 32 Tharp recommends taking a week off from a norm in your life to feed your creative health. It’s like a non food diet, and doesn’t need to last forever, just enough to get the taste of it. This has been one of the hardest challenges of this six week trial so far. Since I don’t have tons of routines, I decided to eliminate internet time. I quickly realized there are a number of time sensitive tasks I have that utilize the internet, so I immediately needed to revise. The revision I created was that I could only go on the internet with a specific purpose, get in, accomplish it and get out. Monday I failed horribly. I think I spent almost an hour to two hours of aimless time on the internet. After that I did pretty good, until Friday again when I was off task for probably about 30 mins. I like the idea though. It seems good to have days or times when you just write your list of things to accomplish on the net and then get back to physical reality. This is definitely not anything I could do forever. There’s so much good stuff out there on the internet that is good community building and inspiring that I think I would be missing out.
You could take this exercise in a lot of directions though. Tharp mentions some examples of a week without a watch, mirrors or newspaper. All could have very different effects on your reality.
After a week of doing this I think the biggest reward was having more focus and intention with my internet time. Even when I slipped off track I was more cognizant of what I was doing, because I was self regulating. Awareness seems to go a long way in terms of helping to curb unwanted behavior, but self-discipline is the big bouncer you need in your club to help awareness weave a path through the crowd. Without discipline I think awareness could just make you feel bad about yourself. It did that some for me, but because I did follow through on my commitment often, it wasn’t horrible. And who knows for some people becoming aware that they don’t like their own behavior and feeling bad about it, might just be the kick in the pants they need to make a change. Everyone is different.
She talks about da Vinci and his ability to observe and question so many aspects of his current issue of interest.
On page 176 of The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, Tharp encourages people to be thorough. She talks about da Vinci and his ability to observe and question so many aspects of his current issue of interest. Tharp invites us to write down twenty questions that we have about a topic before beginning an investigation. She says whether you are preparing for anything…from a drawing or to a film and more forming questions can help you to cultivate a sense of purpose and understanding. I think it can also maybe help me to engage with my own mind about what it wants, or to challenge me to think more deeply.
The first challenge I see is to decide what I am interested in writing twenty questions about. I feel there needs to be some sort of exercise to get me to a place where I’m ready for this exercise. Since that is not provided I will have to try to sort this out myself…So at this point you may want to scroll down a ways to where I’m over this hump, move on to a different post or join my pain as I contemplate some possible topics:
Possible topics… book I want to write about (sleep, water, two worlds)
spin dance study… ok that was easier than I thought, I am actually really interested in both those avenues and that took me less than 5 minutes to think up.
I will choose the Book for twenty questions to get me started into the creative process
- What will you name the sleep side?
- How will you identify the villains?
- What have they done that is so heinous?
- Will there be elements that braid the two worlds together?
- What can pass through the layer? Why?
- Is there a limit on extra senses for the sleep world?
- Is each person the only one with that ability or can it be held by multiple people or are some traits singular and others more mundane and wide spread?
- How can sleep be stolen? Water?
- How can this be made more relevant and relatable to today’s world?
- Is there are more important factor that should be addressed instead?
- What is the main goal of the protagonists?
- What is the main goal of the antagonists?
- Is there a middle ground?
- Do we at times get to see things from both perspectives?
- Do we get personal with both sides?
- What kinds of messages should be sent?
- How soon are duel personalities revealed..if ever?
- Which characters are aware of their flip side presence?
- How do I make sure it isn’t cheesy?
- HOw do I make it realistic?
In a way I like this idea of presenting questions, but then in a way it is overwhelming too. As I pile up the questions before me that need to be answered I feel further from my goal because I see more to do. I guess it is also a starting point and I can try to tackle something once it has been named. Perhaps on another day I can use my creative time to start to design possible solutions to some of these questions. This exercise took me 20-40 minutes.
After doing this exercise I definitely get it more. So don’t listen to me, just try it. Whether it’s dance, or draw or rap or whatever.
ok, to be honest, I was So not looking forward to this that I pushed it back a day. I didn’t have any idea who I wanted to pull from. But, this is one of Twyla’s exercise ideas from her book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. She explains that to be great sometimes we don’t know where to start, so we should follow the example of work we appreciate. If even a bit of their creative spark can rub off on you, there’s no shame in admitting that they inspired you. After doing this exercise I definitely get it more. So don’t listen to me, just try it. Whether it’s dance, or draw or rap or whatever. As they say, fake it til ya make it ;).
I had been avoiding visual art for this study because my paints aren’t with me currently, so I felt like I couldn’t really do visual work. I haven’t drawn seriously in a very long time. So this exercise was great for me to see that I still have some technique bouncing around inside me, even if it never feels like that lately. Usually when I draw I hit a point where I like it and I don’t want to wreck it. That happened with this piece too, but my boyfriend said, “You always tell me I have to work through that point.” So I took my own advice. I also think as I get older I’m loosening up a little. It’s ok if it doesn’t turn out perfect, there are bound to be some portions where I feel like something is working or improving and that’s enough.
So without further ado, here is the drawing I did last night and one in process. Along with the source image from the Medicine Cards book, illustrations by Angela Werneke. It took 1-2 hrs.
I didn’t do it quite like her, in pointillism style, I guess it was the feel of the animals that I appreciate most in her portrayal.
Light your lamp like the never blind divine, unleash history before time.
Once upon a time I started making my own magnetic poetry pieces. I bought small sheets of magnet that were sticky on one side and started cutting out words from magazines that were colorful, interesting font or just words that weren’t cutesy or erotic as most of the store bought magnetic poetry sets are limiting. I move a lot so I don’t always have time to set it up on every fridge in my life. But when I do, I tend to use it time to time. I have lost most of the record of these creations, but I’m going to try to start gathering them here. So here are a few that I made recently and just found the photo-evidence of.
Sometimes the words are close, but not exactly what I’m thinking, so I will write the poem out next to the picture.
Here is the poem to match the lead photo:
Written in Columbia Falls MT Oct. 2016
Ignite the song,
lucid heart candle.
Light your lamp
like the never blind divine,
A minute (my newt) star appears
Before vanishing near
Our memory of moments and dreams
truth is beyond skin
no thresholds on love.
be truth beyond skin, discover what you love.
“…one way she uses to see things anew is by throwing coins onto a surface and manipulate them into different arrangements.”
In Tharp’s book she says one way she uses to see things anew is by throwing coins onto a surface and manipulate them into different arrangements.
. As a choreographer the arrangements could be translated into formations of dancers or movements or many things, it’s just a free form activity that helps the mind shift modes. I tried the activity on Monday and used some random chunky beads from my jewelry making supplies.
This may also be a good activity to help kids categorize objects. They could pick a qualifier and sort and arrange according to that. One of my arrangements used only the natural wood feeling beads. To do two outer circle layers I told myself I would not use two of the same type of bead, so they would all look different. In one sort I used only dull/ muted colors Etc.
So, pick a common object and try to generate 60 different ideas for it’s use.
Tharp observed, when she offered this exercise to crowds, that the first third of responses were common responses. The middle third were more interesting and the last third were often the most inventive. So, pick a common object and try to generate 60 different ideas for it’s use.
Object: Paper Clip
- hold paper
- pick an easy lock
- picture hanging hook
- fuse breaker
- weigh down paper airplane nose
- fake sword wars
- make jewelry
- zipper pull (first feeling stuck)
- chain together to make plant hanger
- hair clip
- make a bra a razor back
- hold a fold
- build a trivet
- lengthen to make antenna
- prison weapon
- stir stick for epoxy/ super glue
- finger nail cleaner
- doll house lamp stand
- flatten and make an instrument
- fondue dipper
- pusher for reset buttons
- sharpen, heat and use as ear piercer
- temporary pants button replacement
- combine together to make model human figure
- homemade fishing stringer
- puncture tool
- put in someone’s engine to wreck it
- melt down and make into something else, like false tooth/bullet
- collection of various kinds
- table mosaic material
- attach to stick bottom- pointed to make trash collector
- make an ant bridge
- make a maze
- car body for remote control car
- kite frame
- Microsoft word assistant
- Stop motion animated character
- unbend for new glasses stems
- bubble maker tool
- easter egg caddy
- simple engagement ring
- false god
- tool for weaving
- spit wad catapult
- game spinner
- artifact for future societies
- unfurl for bra/ corset support wire
- bra hook
- I phone sim card remover
- (really stuck here) disco ball making material
- branding tool
- make heart for valentine
- reusable twist tie
- car vandalizing tool
- release air from rubber balls
- unfurl for tic tac toe board
- hook in plaster mold
This exercise is from Tharp’s The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life p. 31
Tharp challenges you to name your fears in order to face them and then focus on how you might be able to overcome them individually.
- I won’t be able to keep up with all the things I want to accomplish.
- Will I make things worth the time spent?
- What is something unique that I can contribute?
- Do I have enough energy to be successful?
- Can I find quality mentors? How?
I will work toward answering and nullifying these questions over the next few weeks.
“… a cool foray into a new art form.”
One project I’m working on during my attempt to try to develop a creative habit in my life is to complete a wood burning tile project.
For my birthday, my boyfriend designed a cool matching game. Once you turn over a match both people do the action and everybody wins. He created four matches so far: Cat/Cow pose, Invert, Piggyback, and Climb. He intentionally left some tiles for me to complete so that we have both contributed to it’s creation. I have never done wood-burning before, so it will also be a cool foray into a new art form. I was inspired by what he has done already. Here is the inventive pouch that holds the game pieces, instructions are burned into the inside leather. These are the birch tiles he made and wood-burned with action matches that made me excited to try my hand at wood working.
I began by sketching a female figure in forward fold (Jan. 18th), which worked out well as another goal of mine is to do more drawing from my imagination. Yesterday (Jan. 20th) I began to turn some of these sketches into wood burned tiles after Taylor taught me how to use the tool and refuel it. I will continue posting new wood burns and sketches here as I create them.
Tharp in The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life says that one way she deals with all of the things she needs to accomplish is to write down everything she wants to achieve in the next few months. More important goals are written larger in proportion to their import. She also tries to estimate how much time needs to be dedicated to the task and how they may fit in relation to other things that need to be done. Today my prompt comes from p. 178 of her book.
I found my goals in creativity at this point have not yet demanded to outweigh each other. Maybe we are a team and everyone will get a turn, or perhaps some will come to the forefront as things progress. For now, I am content with this exercise for providing me a reference point where I can jot down new ideas I may have or look for inspiration when I don’t know what I might want to do next. I was hoping that might be the case, which is why I wanted to do this exercise toward the start of the trial. I included the Accomplishment guide (which is all I can call it, since I haven’t really done the circles part) as the image for this post, but I will share a few things I have written down there. I found that I also wrote down things I want to accomplish that aren’t creative, but I made their own section on the page and won’t work on them during creative time. But I figure, why not apply the idea to my life as widely as it may be effective.
Complete Active Practice Game- requires brainstorming (four activities), sketching, woodburning- on 8 tiles.
Creative Blog Posts- requires imagining ideas, writing, and some photography
Yoga and Dancing Sessions- video, clear space, maybe music, maybe set up Patreon
Spontaneous Creative Cooking- food items, kitchen, also applies to Dry Cabin Living
Jewelry Project- if access to studio
Drawing- observation, imaginative, and from photo
Photoshop- try to make Gator Grad Tee design if can do by deadline, check deadline
Art EDU Blog- Write blog posts and use pictures from traveling to share arts from around the world at arteducationation.blogspot.com
I may add more to this list, but at least it’s a starting point
17/01/29 Also starting to do jewelry work at home, what I can do with wire wrapping.