Replace the word write with the word create in Rilke's quote above and my quest in life is revealed. I ask myself, must I create and with a resounding voice, I answer, "Yes. My very life depends on it"
The creating comes in many forms. I paint at my easel. I excavate words and create poems. I harness my thoughts run wild and post them here. Cooking is a form of creativity. Many supplies are not needed. Give me a pen and a cocktail napkin and I will create. It occurs to me that no supplies are needed to nurture the creative spirit. The mind and heart are free to create the way to exist in the world.
My favorite form of creating is Art Journalng. From the first discovery over eight years ago until today, the showing up to pages with paint, pen, and paste has transformed my life. It is a portable art form and can be as simple or complex as you make it. I shift between having just one journal for everything and many journals for all the things. In many ways, I feel this is what I will leave behind me for my children. This is how they will know my life when I am gone.
If you are new to art journaling or even if you simply need some new inspiration, check out the resources below. ( not an exhaustive list by any means. not even an exhaustive list of resources that I consistently use. However, it's a good place to start)
- how do you start an art journal
- jennibelle's youtube channel
- mike deakin's youtube channel
- art journaling: techniques, tutorials, inspirations, and prompts
- a year of art journaling e-book
- journal wild
- art journaling tumblr
- my art journaling pinterest board
- a friend's art journaling pinterest board