Monday, March 14, 2011

Art Story Continued...



My journals I have kept up for over thirty years. I know I am mathematically challenged but I have that number right. It's hard for me to believe it has been that many years. Click on the highlight to see my pile of thirty some years.

The artist's contract I signed in 1995 in my Artist Way Journal and the daily practice of writing three daily pages a day was a wonderful commitment to myself that resulted in an experience that would see me through the death of my mother and morning pages enabled me to fulfill a life long dream of riding horses for two years.


It wasn't everyday that I wrote, not until around the early nineties, when I met an artist/ art therapist. I was taking a class about art therapy through the agency I worked for as a Youth Care Worker. I thought it would be useful to me and the youth I worked with that were troubled kids and young offenders. The woman who I was blessed to have met, we became friends and I would spend hours talking to her about art and art therapy. She had been a graduate of Emily Carr University and had credentials as an Art Therapist. She shared a book with me that she recommended I read, The Artist Way, by Julie Cameron. I have mentioned this book several times in my posts so I won't bother to go on about it again. But if you are in any way curious about this book and want to know more, I would strongly suggest and highly recommend reading it.
It truly changed my life and I can assure you if you allow yourself the opportunity to read it and apply the principles and exercises it will change your life as well.

She told me after I finish that she suggested have another book, Women That Run With The Wolves. After I read that one too and found it to be very empowering and I read it again and again from time to time to remind myself of who I am.

2 comments:

Chad Wooters said...

I read Artist's Way and for a whilte participated on an Artist's Way forum. I met a good friend that way. Anyhow, the book seems geared to writers more than visual artists. I always wondered if visual artists should doodle for three pages. Hmmmm...

Little Iron Horse said...

Hey Chad thank you again for commenting.

Yes, drawing is a very beneficial daily practice. To me, it's all language of intuition, regardless if you write or draw. I know from my own experience what it did and continues to do for me and that is to fulfill my creative dreams.