Some time ago, when I was making and eating cookies (Brain relaxed, happy, content), "Cookie Face" emerged. I thought about it (inspired in the moment... but then life, and busy-ness, lol), and put on the back burner the idea of a book with cookies as personalities.
Creative Awareness 1: When an idea/initiative isn't followed up right away it loses its potency. Fast forward to this morning, weeks, months, experiences later "Cookie Face" emerged in another form as a meme instead.
Creative Awareness 2: Being open to possibilities allows creativity to grow in a form you may not have foreseen from the limitations of your thinking in the moment.
Creative Awareness 3: When an idea forgotten returns in another form pay attention to it.
In the meantime, I am working out details for my website's development/purpose to be of greater service to those creatives and those who don't know they are creatives at heart, yet. It is going to take time for development. It's a one step at a time leap of creative faith, into the unfolding form of it.
I've got a bit of travel planned in the fall to facilitate that unfolding direction, and so much more to integrate it all into being, so stay tuned and I will let you know when it is ready to roll out.
Stay true to your self, your deepening creative awareness, and your well being: Start simply, by asking yourself at the start of your day "What do I need?" (Nancy Levin). Listen for your answer: Ie. Do you need a moment, movement, nature, a warm soothing cup of tea, a relaxing bath etc. The answer is your first step to set the tone for your day. Furthermore, a bi-product of serving that need is that the direct channel to creative thought and solutions is most accessible when our mind is relaxed.
(Words to the meme are credited to Michael Neill, author of "Super Coach.")
I have a new character; her name is Liv. I have a concept for her experience, but here's the thing... although there is a narrative, and a developing story arc, there are no words. The art is to speak to the reader, and the reader is to interpret the narrative. I can see the challenges already.
This character came about a few weeks after the completion of the Aldo Renaldo project. I had handed the Aldo illustrations over to his writer, creator, Dr. George M. Johnson, and it was time to savour completion for a while. Then one day I woke up early, picked up my pencil, and under the lamp light she quickly took form. She was an older version then, standing there wrapped in a coat and a scarf looking at me, wide eyed. I think that's when the concept of "No Words" came...She seemed stunned in the headlights of the life she had lived. Today, she was younger and contemplative as you see her in the version above. It is early in this process, so it will be interesting to see what takes hold for what she needs to say about a life lived.
I have learned from the Aldo experience that from daily intention comes action. From sustained action comes the momentum of the creative process. I know that once routine is established the qualities of the character will take the lead, and that I will simply have to show up, open to what the story needs to become.
Creativity is a process, and for me that process is an internal dialogue of decisions being made in responsive reaction to every action. For the purpose of the video, I verbalized what would normally have been internalized thinking. The process made me wonder how many decisions are being made in the process of creating art. I think it is safe to say hundreds.