I’ve read numerous books on creativity and many suggest that you write in a journal on a daily basis. I have been doing that for many years. I have a ritual each morning. I write in my journal as I have my first cup of coffee. I am usually pretty groggy and I send up prayers to God about whatever is happening in my life, whatever happens to be on my mind, or I vent about my aches and pains, my weight, my worries, problems with a painting, etc.
The other day I started thinking about how much time I spend writing in my journal. I spend at least 30 minutes to an hour each day on my morning pages. The feel the time is well spent because I am in communication with my Lord.
But, still I wondered. What if I skipped my morning pages and went directly into my art room, praying as I painted. I guess you could say I would be doing a painting meditation. So, last Tuesday I decided to give it a try.
When I woke up I got a cup of coffee, dressed and went straight to my art room. There were three unfinished paintings sitting in the corner. Procrastination is a creativity killer!
I cleared my drafting table of paperwork, got out my brushes and opened my palette. I picked up the first painting and prayed silently. “Lord, I am here. I want to glorify you with my work. I want to be a channel of your creative will. I am here trying to do your bidding. I need you to lead my hand, my brush, and my eyes. Help me to finish these pieces so they are pleasing to you.”
I stayed in the studio all day. I continued praying as I worked on each piece. I finished all three. I was very excited to have gotten into action instead of just writing about it. The day flew by. I had a very satisfying, creative day.
I think writing morning pages is a good practice. But, I plan on doing a painting meditation several times a week to see where it takes me. I’ll keep you posted.