Yep, zoodles. I wasn't feeling so great for most of last week, so I didn't do any drawing or painting or much of anything at all. But I did get a new spiral vegetable slicer (aka spiralizer), and I experimented a little bit. Thus, zoodles (spiral-sliced zucchini/zucchini noodles).
It's not the usual artsy stuff I share, but I think food fits in with talk about creativity. I really believe that creativity and a creative life work better if we put some attention into self-care and our health. It can be easy to live in our heads and hearts, focusing on our art and letting other things slide. I am in the middle of creating some prompts and exercises for a series of posts (and eventually a class, I think) called BodyPages to focus on how body, mind, spirit, and creativity work together. As part of that, I'm focusing on what feels good and healthy to eat, what makes me feel satisfied and energized and good overall.
And to be completely honest, besides veggies being super healthy for us, making veggie noodles is fun! I had to stop myself from spiralizing all of my zucchini and then moving on through the veggie drawer. And doesn't it really look like spaghetti noodles? It made a great base for a meat sauce.
So what makes you feel good? What foods make you feel like you're really taking care of yourself? Do you follow a plan of any sort or eat as the spirit moves you? And do you notice any connection between how you're eating/caring for yourself and your creative work?
I'll share more of my experiments with this as they happen, and I hope you'll share some of your journey, too.
Where does your art come from? Where does your creativity reside? Do you imagine your self, your personality, your creativity as in your head somehow? Many of us do this.
Sometimes it's easier to focus on our heads, on our creativity, on our work, and our bodies fall by the wayside. But for several years I've been convinced that our bodies and our physical surroundings have a strong and direct impact on our creativity. I also think that focusing on our bodies and physical selves in a positive, compassionate manner can have a huge positive influence on our creative lives.
I'm mentioning this because a few years ago I came up with an art journaling workshop idea. It's called BodyPages, and I haven't done much with it yet, but I am feeling like now is the time to move forward with this. I am a little nervous because I don't have everything planned out. I don't have much of it planned out, really. I know where I want to start, and I have a few ideas for down the road. I'm going to take a leap of faith and get started on this project. I'll be sharing pictures of some of the pages I create as I do this, and probably some bits of journaling now and then. And after I get my feet under me I will open up a beta group to work through the exercises I'm creating so we can see how they work for others.
I feel that this work of bringing our bodies and minds together, making peace with our bodies, bringing our full selves to our creative work is very important. It is something that is on my mind a lot, and I feel like it's time to start talking about it. I hope you'll join me in this journey and in this conversation.
I'm starting a new project that I plan to write about here regularly. If it goes as planned, it will be a year long project with possibilities for continuing it beyond that.
I debated whether to write about this project here now, when it's just starting up. It's not one of my professional services, although I hope that someday I'll gain enough knowledge to be able to share it as a class or a retreat or e-book. But right now, it's an exploration, and I have no answers and few insights. Still, here I am putting it out there. I think it's time.
The project is called BodyPages. It's an art journaling group focused on body image;creating the body/physical self we desire with kindnesss, compassion and an eye on reality; nurturing ourselves; getting comfortable in our own bodies and coming to appreciate them.
I'll have monthly themes with prompts as well as discussion topics, quotes and other things throughout the month to keep us going.
I'll post some of my pages here as I finish them. Look for pictures of the book I'm going to alter and use as my BodyPages journal--it's an old diet book from the 60s or early 70s so has some hilarious pictures I'm going to leave in place. I think I'm going to enjoy working in it a lot!
I think this is going to be an eye opening adventure. I hope some of you will come along for the ride!