In my quest to foster my own (and others') creativity, I do a lot of reading both online and the old-fashioned way. Today, a fellow creativity explorer recommended an article on something called "Stream-Drawing." I hope you'll take the time to read the article here. It's long but worth every word. I plan to go back and have the pleasure of reading it again.
What particularly struck me in the article were the words, "Even the smallest mark has a universe of information in it." I believe that is true, and the article's author does a fine job of stating why it is true. This article made my heart sing.
On the left is a 10 minute tangle I did today, much in the spirit of the article. Zentangle® itself creates conditions that she describes in her thoughts on Stream-Drawing. The article is an excerpt from her recent book called Making Marks, and I've just requested it from the library.
Here's another great quote from the article: "Drawing is a lot like dancing. You don’t have to be “good” at dancing—or drawing—to benefit from it. It makes you feel great. It helps you celebrate your life." Oh YEAH!
What also struck me as I read the article is how much her ideas can be applied to any tough challenge in life, including at work. Relaxation and awareness are the keys to doing well. (I think they are equally difficult to achieve when we are under stress.)
Change of subject: So far I have focused mostly on drawing and on Zentangle® on this blog. I also hook and/or punch rugs. And in yet another part of my life, I enthusiastically study and read tarot. I've been drawn into a project that actually combines the two: The Tarot Rug Project. Oh my...I'll be saying more about this in the weeks to come.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society