No money to be sent out this week…week one was completed!! :)
It was interesting to me, that despite how many times I have read this first chapter I still managed to find something new in it, that I hadn’t seen before. I don’t know if it was the added motivation that I am now reading this book with, but fresh eyes are always appreciated. :)
I journaled a lot this week, and then the culmination of the journaling got turned into art journal pages which is what I will be showing here. As well as some of my reflections. A lot of the pages are not complete and I anticipate that they will get added to over the course of reading the book…there are still 11 more weeks!!
At the outset I also want to say that I don’t want to commit to always presenting the check-in this fulsome or doing as many art journal pages. But this week at least this is what was produced. All of the pages have been done in an altered book, I thought it would be nice when I have finished this challenge to have everything altogether.
First of all the contract, I modified it a bit to include my pledge that I have made here…so there was a reason for going to law school after all!! haha
I also made a little star chart to add to my motivation. You can’t see on the photo but I am painting the stars gold…I love how this looks.
These are the affirmations I have decided to work with, which came out of this week for me. It is weird how vulnerable and exposed I feel sharing these here, so please be kind! These are the results from the blurts I have in my head.
Monster Hall of Fame, the journaling for this, to identify my top monsters was done in the book I am doing my journaling in, and I won’t be sharing details, but I did come up with little representative sketches of my top monsters. I have left room for more monsters to be added as they may or may not come up, or there may come some later journaling as I progress through the course.
Hall of Champions: This was interesting, I had such a hard time deciding on OLD champions, I had plenty of more recent ones come to mind, but during my journaling I finally settled on my top three. While I was doing the sketches, two of them morphed into different people entirely, that I hadn’t even journaled about, but they felt much more right than the people I had originally chosen. I found it interesting at least, the things that bubble away in our subconscious waiting to be dragged to the surface. Again there is plenty of room for more people as I progress through the weeks.
My imaginary lives: I selected five occupations I would love to have. I know from doing this before that this page will get added to. These are all things I would love to do, if I had the opportunity.
In amongst the tasks this week were a couple of letters to be written, so I decided to do a postal box and pop the letters on the page so they are altogether.
For my Artist Date this week I went to this. I love and adore Ralph Hotere and have always loved the work of Charles Goldie, so it was such a fantastic opportunity. The work of Bill Hammond completely captured me. It was beautiful, and really touched me, I have seen images before, but I can’t remember seeing anything in person, and in person the works are spectacular.
Some quotes that came out of this week for me:
“Very often audacity, not talent, makes one person an artist and another a shadow artist – hiding in the shadows.”
~ Julia Cameron
“Judging your early artistic efforts is artist abuse….Progress not perfection is what we should be asking of ourselves.” ~ Julia Cameron
Overall I got a lot more out of this week than I intended to, and I had some helpful insights that took me by surprise. My responses felt a lot more honest, than they have in the past, and I don’t know if that is a result of other work I have done and knowing myself better, or having dealt with issues that came up in other attempts, but I hope that continues!