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The Artist's Way Monthly Meetup Guide: Workshop - Week 6

Online guide for The Artist's Way Monthly Meetup, a continuation of the six-week The Artist's Way Workshop at the Palisades Free Library.

Weeks 11 & 12 of The Artist's Way

Week 11: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy

This week we focus on our artistic autonomy. We examine the ongoing ways in which we must nurture and accept ourselves as artists. We explore the behaviors that can strengthen our spiritual base and, therefore, our creative power. We take a special look at the ways in which success must be handled in order that we not sabotage our freedom.

Page 179. Cameron, Julia (1992). The Artist's Way. New York: Penguin.

Week 12: Recovering a Sense of Faith

In this final week, we acknowledge the inherently mysterious spiritual heart of creativity. We address the fact that creativity requires receptivity and profound trust-- capacities that we have developed through our work in this course. We set our creative aims and take a special look at last-minute sabotage. We renew our commitment to the use of the tools.

Page 193. Cameron, Julia (1992). The Artist's Way. New York: Penguin.

Check-In

Check-In

  • How many days this week did you do your morning pages? Have you accepted them yet as a permanent practice? How was the experience for you? Have you recommended the morning pages to anyone else?
  • Did you do your artist's date this week? What did you do? Will you allow yourself these on a permanent basis as well?
  • Did you experience any synchronicity this week?
  • Did you accomplish "Step 1" on the way to your creative goal (last week's task)?
  • Were there any issues or accomplishments this week that were significant for you?

Bob Newhart - Stop It

Clip mentioned by Judy at this week's session.

Importance of Physical Activity

"In order to effect a real [creative] recovery, one that lasts, we need to move out of the head and into a body of work. To do this, we must first of all move into the body...Creativity requires action, and part of that action must be physical" (p. 184-85, The Artist's Way).

"Exercise teaches the rewards of process. It teaches the sense of satisfaction over small tasks well done..." (p. 187, The Artist's Way).

Georgia O'Keeffe Watercolor

Georgia O'Keeffe, Red and Green II (1916). Courtesy of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Posted on artnet.

Hobbies

"...there is a hidden benefit that they are also creatively useful. Many hobbies involve a form of artist-brain mulling that leads to enormous creative breakthroughs" (p. 196, The Artist's Way).

In closing...

"Life is meant to be an artist date. That's why we were created" (p. 198, The Artist's Way)