Last year I started taking a facilitator training for the Open Studio Process (we like to call it OSP) through the Open Studio Project, a non-profit arts organization in Evanston. The idea of the work there is that 1. Anyone can create art, 2. The process of creating art can be cathartic and information giving and 3. It isn’t about the final product—it is all about the process. I’ll be sharing more about this in future posts in case it interests you.
A motivator for me in starting a blogging effort is to build a sense of discipline into a practice of creative process. That’s a mouthful. There is this part of me that likes to sabotage my goals and dreams that starts like this, “I wish I was more like her, or I wish I could do “X” on a more regular basis.” My little Sabine the Saboteur allows me not to take responsibility for my inaction and ambivalence when my wishes don’t come true. She says to me, “you’re just so busy,” or “you’re so tired, and wouldn’t another 30 minutes of sleep be so much nicer than anything else?” She is a two-faced, manipulative, controlling little be-atch because she wispers these soft little nothings to me, soothes and comforts, but ultimately gets her way, which is to keep things exactly the way they are. I don’t change. Sabine likes homeostasis—she doesn’t really like Penelope either, because even though she isn’t the most intimidating force, she’s younger and more peppy than Sabine.
So, I have this thought that if I’m writing to you out there in the blogosphere, my process efforts won’t feel as much like a practice to her. It will feel responsive, I’m writing a letter to good people—it suits that service Part of me—which is a different story to explore someday. I will write more about what I mean when I reference parts too–I’ll tell you all about it. I hope to include bits of art that I make in my process along the way too and I might even figure out how to create a page with a little gallery. Below is a little diddle that I dreamed up last night after this book came in the mail! Newest fad for Sabine to sooth away, or is it?
Lesson #1 (sort of, as usual with me I did my own interpretation of the lesson) from the Book, “One Zentangle A Day,” by Beckah Krahula.