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Inspiration: Think less and feel more!

Oh, spark of creativity… where art thou?

… or how to listen to my right brain.

Since the beggining of 2010, I’ve been ongoing into a creative process. I didn’t notice this until recently. I don’t know about you but, for me, I  realized that I do a lot of thinking and have a tendancy to ratialize everything.
For examples: the life-changing decisions I make, the work I choose, the projects that get done… all of theses have been controlled by my left side brain. My rational and logical mind.

For some people, this seems to work out fine without questionning themselves too much. (At least, in the moment.) But, the problem is that my values don’t necesseraly work with theses statements.

Since I wishes to make a living in a creative field, I need to be much more closer to the right brain: intuitivity, imagination, feelings…

I wish to experience more with art and judge it less.  

If  you’d like to, join me in this promess you make to yourself. 

Here are some good books, that I recently read, to start or continue your creative journey:


  • Women who run with the wolves
    By Clarissa Pinkola Estés
    (From Publishers weekly) Folklore, fairy tales and dream symbols are called on to help restore women’s neglected intuitive and instinctive abilities in this earthy first book by a Jungian analyst. According to Estes, wolves and women share a psychic bond in their fierceness, grace and devotion to mate and community. This comparison defines the archetype of the Wild Woman, a female in touch with her primitive side and able to rely on gut feelings to make choices.
  • Succulent Wild Women
    By SARK
    (From Library Journal) SARK, an author, artist, and incest survivor with many years of therapy and self-healing behind her, wishes to shine her “beacon of hope to the world” as she encourages and inspires women of all ages to become “succulent.” She defines this as transcending past pains and feeling the freedom of full self-expression.

Even thought theses two books are very differents from each others, they both share similar messages about freedom and creativity for women.

I know they have been around for awhile, but I guess I wasn’t ready to listen to their message until recently. 😉

Please, let me know if you enjoyed them or feel free to share  more creative ressources for people, like me, who are starting a creative journey!

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Vision board afternoon

Last Sunday, I had a “Vison Board” afternoon with Pam, Valerie and some of their friends. They organized it at the place where they have their studio, Le chat des artistes.
We were set in the corridor between the studios, so it was fun to see the locals come in at Le Chat and be surprised to see a bunch of crafty people working on their vision board. :-p

I usually draw my vision board, but since there were -so- many magazines on the table, I decided that I should add some images as well, to make it more interesting.

I almost forgot how much fun it is, just to get together and talk about what we *really* want for 2010 (and the years to come).
And since you’re telling your goals to other people, it increases your chances of keeping up with them. 😉

Just for the fun factor, here’s my finished vision board (with Morgane, of course. :-p)

To give you an idea, the 2009 one is above , top right. It’s mostly drawn and there’s not much color on it.
I cut one  drawing that I liked from the 2009 version to include it on my 2010. There’s some things that I re-drew because I didn’t like the ones on the older board. Plus, I believe that by “drawing” your goal, you put more energy into it and you’re less likely to forget about it. Of course, it’s a personal preferfence.

I really like the end result, it’s a lot more colorful with the pictures. And I just love mixing pictures and drawings together.

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You could always organize your own “Vison  Board afternoon” with some friends.
Here’s what you’ll  need:

  • Tons of old magazines/images
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Some cardboard or any paper size for to make the base of your board.
  • (Optionnal) Fun stickers

Cut, glue and paste the images you like on your board!

Enjoy!

A 2010 match plan

Have I been away the net or what, lately? :-p

I’ve been spending some time with family during the holidays, and just as I was recovering from all of it, I caught a bad virus tfor the beginning of the new year, bleh! But I’m back, now! ^-^

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Since 2010 has come, I’ve been trying to focus on the things I really want to do.

This is going to be a different posts from the ones you’re used to on this blog. It’s going about having a “match plan” and “focusing” on what you really wishes to do in 2010.

So, as I was thinking of this the other day, I had the idea of a circle cut in the way a pie would be.
Each “pie slice” would be an aspect of your life that you want to work on.

So I came with this very simple idea :

It’s a printer-friendly 2010 match plan for you to download.
There’s not much details in it for you to personalize it with images, drawings, stamps, colors… whatever suits your fancy. 🙂

I find it more appealing, visually, than the general “to-do” list.
And since this is a very simple circle, if you don’t have access to a printer, you could just draw it by hand.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Leisure times & sports:
    Have you been wanting to learn the hula hoop? Or is there a craft skill you still need to learn? Any classes or activities you wish to follow can find a  place here.
  • Travels:
    It doesn’t has to be Cuba or Italy, you may just wish to visit a friend who’s far from you or some family. It may be some simple vacations or a place that you always wanted to see, but never took the time to do so.
  • Work & Finances:
    You may wonder why I’ve put theses there. Reality is that, our job, takes the most of the time in our life. So it’s important to give it a little place in our future plan. Do you like your job? If so, that’s great! But if not, you may want to think about this.
    As for the finances part, the more you plan on how you’ll use your money, the better you’ll get at reaching your goal. You may start the year by setting yourself a *gasp* budjet or start by saving some money.
  • Friends & Family:
    Is there any friends you’d like to spend more time with? Facebook is not an option here. We’re talking about real quality time with friends and/or family. Perhaps you’d like to get new friends or retrieve old ones?
  • Spirituality:
    I realize that not everyone feels comfortable with this section. And it’s up to you to know if you want to go there or not. Spirituality may be just doing some meditation ,taking a walk or reading about it. Writes down what feels fine with you.
  • Creative projects:
    I saved the best for the last didn’t I? 😉 This is the part where you write the creative projects you’d like to do. Remember: Only for this year! Focus on some things you -really- want to do and write them down.

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I realize that not everyone has “plans” and that it can be too scary or untouchable for some.
But I believe by setting ourselves small step-by-step goals and that we focus on them, there’s no way we can’t reach them.

Now, let’s see if I follow MY advices for 2010. :-p


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My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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