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Organizing for the Art Life in 2016, Part 4

Infrastructure Mode

Jan. 12, 2016. [Cont'd from Jan 11] My favorite excuse: I'm getting ORGANIZED! But this year opens with my computers in good shape and relevant website pages updated for mobile users. Processes for writing, drawing, cataloging, dyeing, stitching, etc. are more or less under control. The issue here comes down to TIME and SPACE. My brain tells me that if I have the space, I will make the time. Choreography great Twyla Tharp agrees that making the creative mind a productive one requires "a work environment that is habit forming."

Having a space -- pleasing to the senses and organized enough to find my tools and see my raw material -- and the habit to regularly occupy it is a good starting place for me this year. Last week I set about activating my artist space in the ground floor of our cabin. All my supplies, tools, and materials are slowly finding their places. I did a couple ice/snow dyeing projects to move the "quickening" along.

On an impulse, I shoved the futon right up against the window and plopped an old pillow-filled camel bag onto the deep window sill. Ah! Now I have the perfect morning quiet-time spot! Now, about 6 a.m., I creep down in the dark with my cup of coffee and put pen to paper, wondering what might flow out my fingers. (Below, the retreat in afternoon.)

creative space

The creative process requires mental/spiritual risk-taking. The worn old slippers of the artist who lives in my mind-space must be replaced by steel-toed boots, ice crampons, and ballet slippers as I walk out on the edge of my abilities. The inviting work space provides a safe harbor for the vulnerable spirit and roving imagination.

a safe container to let the mind take risks

Next: Energizing Mode>>>


THE SUDDEN SILENCE: A Tale of Suspense and Found Treasure (2015) Thailand: lovers of ancient treasure tangle with international black markets. Delia Rivera pulls Martin Moon back into the game and their quest turns deadly. In paperback and Kindle editions.

TRIBE OF THE BREAKAWAY BEADS: Book of Exits and Fresh Starts (2011) Time after time, Mary asks herself: Do I go or do I stay? She finds her power in her ancestors: Smart women turn discontent into action. An illustrated memoir in paperback and Kindle editions.

PASSION AND PERIL ON THE SILK ROAD: A Thriller in Pakistan and China (2008) The twin forces of revenge and redemption drive Nellie MacKenzie and Taylor Jackson on a crazed adventure into the heart of Central Asia. They grapple with issues of ethics, trust, rage, and bitter heartbreak -- as well as the intrigue of the international antiquities trade. In paperback and Kindle editions.



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