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Why making daily "marks" invites creative living

Japanese Garden; Memory of Nagasaki. watercolor & ink, journal, 2016.8.30 ©beth vendryes williams

Japanese Garden; Memory of Nagasaki. watercolor & ink, journal, 2016.8.30 ©beth vendryes williams

 

How do you become more creative? 

Honestly, I keep asking myself that.

When I become dissatisfied with  a previous decision that suddenly limits me, I  choose to watch how others have accomplished the same thing.   When I become dissatisfied with  a previous decision that suddenly limits me, I  choose to watch how others have accomplished the same thing.
When I become dissatisfied with  a course of action that suddenly limits me, I  choose to observe how others have accomplished the same thing in their lives..                                                                                                                                                              beth vendryes williams

Reading Madeleine L’Engle helped when I had trouble balancing my family, spirituality and art. I saw that she effectively found a way. So I kept reading her books, especially, “Walking on Water”. Then because she was on my radar, I took a writing workshop with her, even though I was a visual artist, not a writer. What a life changer that was and still is!

I encourage myself to be fearless and free, to sit with ideas that are out of my comfort zone, and then curate them,to integrate them effectively into my life..

What helps me to remember where I am now and where I want to go in my life?  Writing and drawing ideas. By hand. On paper.

Writing and drawing ideas, by hand and on paper, help you remember where you've been, are now, and where you want to go.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            beth vendryes williams


Thank you, Madeleine!

So that has become a habit. 
That habit has become 130 journals.
Those writings and sketches have become a map of my journey so far, bringing vision to my art.

What do you do to help your ideas become your reality? Let me know how you are creative in your life?

Which ways do you allow creative thinking to transform what you envision?