An important convo with the iCreateDaily ladies where we talk about the role of core values in our creative expression. We also look at the role of creating in fostering mental well-being. Lots of good stuff in here, y’all. They brought it out of me.
What do you do with your anger?
Two of my most resonant pieces developed from overwhelming anger. I can vividly call to mind the moments when painting these; they are wrapped in thoughts and questions and concerns about the world we live in.
As I painted, I had no plan, and certainly no idea that works so beautiful and bold would result, but…here they are.
The palette tells the truth: 1) It's always about color. 2) I rarely clean anything but the brushes.
What are you integrating through creativity?
The integration I'd been searching for came with Analogue. The words, art, sketches, and soul—all in one. I'm learning that this project is as much about me mapping my inner soulscape, as it is about inviting others on this journey. Connecting my soul with yours, as it should be.
>>> “Creativity embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. We are born makers, and creativity is the ultimate act of integration — it is how we fold our experiences into our being…” Brene Brown
(Photo via Sally Hobby)
Flowers are blooming again at the studio.
Analogue has made its way into the podcast world!
The Creative Mama Podcast artfully combines the responsibility of parenthood with the thrill of creative expression. This show is for anyone looking to breathe a little excitement into their everyday routine.
In Episode 22, Abbi takes us through her process for selecting her One Word for 2019, and includes how Analogue’s first issue was a part of that process!
Learn more at: zasinzebra.com/podcast
For the past week, I’ve attempted to live in too many worlds—the paint and podcasts of my studio world, the domestic duties of my family world, and the scanning and sketching that comes with the Analogue world. Pile on top of that a micro-obsession over edible plants living in my yard, and a newfound paper-mentor in Parker Palmer, and my inner landscape has been saturated, flooded by so many sources at once.
I cannot. There is only so much of me to go around.
So I am shifting my focus, pulling in to what is required of me right now. I’m deep-diving into the journal pages of last spring, to complete the pages and prompts and illustrations of Issue 2. And I’m immersing my mornings in that world until the draft is strong enough to be reviewed by other eyes.
I’m choosing to settle into my limitations, seeing this need for focus for what it is: an invitation to immerse my attention in something. And my attention will hold. There will be fresh ideas in the pickup line. I will keep my journal on hand when stirring tonight’s meal. And more will come to me before bedtime. This is how I do my best work, and I’m learning to lean into it rather than run away.
We are who we are, y’all. And we can only do what we can do. When we learn to love these limitations, our life becomes our own.
It may look like a calm workspace, but things are dancing in my head!
This little mama got sent to the studio today.
There's a post somewhere in me about the conflict I feel between the commercialism of this season and being a seller who makes about half her profits in November and December.
For now I'll say I'm grateful for those who are thoughtful in their holiday shopping. Who choose small or local, or choose thrifty, or choose to support others who have retail jobs, or choose handmade, or choose the simple over the complicated, or choose online to avoid overwhelm......there are a million ways to do this well.
Maybe that's all I really need to say: Thank you for being intentional this season.
Right now, I'm gently rolling out new artomats while letting my mind wander and body work in small movements. It's podcasts, simple colors, small pieces, sustainable energy.
The timing is grace—a deep-breathed selah—permission for energy-recovery, for paying close attention to my capacity. These tiny paintings are not only what I can offer, but they are also what I need.
This is the beauty of the creative life: generative in so many ways.
When you ask your 9yo what she thinks about one of your latest:
-"That's a very good painting."
What do you like about it?
-"It has a LOT of colors. And I like the circles."
Is there anything else I should do?
-"ummm... a little more circles? And you should put some hearts on it!"
(Swallowing a laugh) Hearts? And what color should the hearts be?
-"Green! Because that would be A REALLY CRAZY color!"
Do you know what only you can do?
When you find out, mix a little awareness, time, courage, and self compassion together and you can do this. We need you to.
"We are not here to do what has already been done."
I've been walking through a series of books recommended by fellow artists, and this one has caught my soul. It reads like the proverbs for Artists. Such practical wisdom on how to approach your creative practice.
The third in this series, which is still ongoing! You can see we move from a few tones and text on the base of the canvas, and are now beginning to shape the overall form. "All" is inspired by the famous words of Julian of Norwich, this timelapse gives you a glimpse at the process of an abstract painting.