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Ok, a mini-AD today. Went for a 38 minute walk in the woods here by work. At the halfway point I went down to the river, threw in two rocks and skipped two more. Hey, I haven't done that since I was a kid (or when I showed my kids how!) I couldn't remember what was so fun about it until I did it. Seeing the ripples from the tossed rocks was cool and seeing the skipped rocks trip along the surface in a crazy path was darn cool! Have a wonderful date! CMY (Carol)

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It does sound like you played and had fun.

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No true artists dates this weekend. I let my inner child out most of the weekend, however. I played games, danced, fooled around while dancing, and generally had a wonderful time! I was with other people, so I guess doesn't really count. CMY (Carol)

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From doing a million Morning Pages that turned into several years of journals, I eventually had 4-5 journals and decided that wasn't a great idea since I had to move and didn't want to die and have other people going through my personal stuff, etc. :-) So, I bought a pretty new journal and started it with going through the previous journals and gleaning out all the stuff that was good! All the quotes and ideas I liked. Then, once I had the good stuff in the new journal, I destroyed the old journal.

BUT, what I started that was really neat was, I bought a 3 x 5 pad of colored papers and wrote down an idea/thing I wanted to do/write about, etc. from the ideas on a piece of paper which I folded and then put in a pot a friend had made for me in her pottery class, especially for the purpose (my therapist taught me to "check your heart" so the design is in green, my favorite color and has a checkered heart on the front :-) Once a week, usually on Sunday, I pulled one paper (I started with like 88 or something and added to them occasionally) from the pot and that's what I did that week. However, not all of them were "fun"/AD types of things.

I still have the pot and there are still papers in it; think I'll take them out and redo ones I still like and add some AD sorts of things and reinstitute picking once a week.

Here's some of what's left:

Reclaim evenings
Mindfulness at work (tells you how long it's been; I retired over 3 years ago)
Don't put off - buy or trash catalog; get up and do
Non-money goals and purposes
Pay attention to physical complaints
"Small charities" website/list
Walk and work with improving the plot of your inner movie
Check heart
Present to self each day (Irish butter) like I do for DH
Make problem(s) into word problems or case studies since I like them
Essay (some things like this I put in multiple times)
Adventure of the Heart
Presents/surprises for DH; desserts, cards, ideas/places to go/trips, money, movies (planetarium)
Single project (corner behind chair, photos, bookshelf, etc.)
Rhythms of some chores relaxing/soothing
Work on basket - especially letter writing (I use to keep a basket next to my chair, under the table with "to-do" stuff) margomcphillips.com/images/fountain.
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Bag of trash/box of books (clearing clutter/give away)
Research/buy "Seven Taoist Masters" (I kept track of books I wanted but didn't buy them immediately/impulsively)
Ask for helpful dreams

So, that will be my AD for this week, sorting out what to keep and rewriting/refilling the Check Heart jar so it will work for AD's in the future!


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9/6/08 5:30 A

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Jodi, I have never been able to stop myself from collecting rocks and stones; whenever I move, they have to go with me, which would seem crazy to most people, but I love them all.
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9/5/08 10:13 P

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I always wanted a rock tumbler when I was a little kid! No one would get me one because they thought it was weird and that I would never use it.
I saw one at a garage sale a couple of years ago and thought about it, but my DH said, "What would you do with the rocks, and I had no good answer, so I didnt get it.
It is hard for me to think of what would make me go "Yippee" any more, which shows how long it has been.
I used to love making up art projects for my students. We did art that actually taught them something, like the color wheel and one-color art. I would make one sample and my DH would make another different sample.
I never felt terribly critical about these little masterpieces because they were for kids, so how perfect did they have to be? I got loads of compliments on my students' art though, and they were only in Grad 2!
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To me it is doing what you want to do without fear of what others might think..... The sooner all can abandon the "what others think" the better off we will be.....

I love the collar and leash....I can see it now.... 6 Jack Russells walking me....

Doing crazy is not very foreign to me... It is a way of life.... emoticon

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I may be wrong, but I think it is letting our inner child out to play. Finding that wonder again from all the small things we take for granted. Not being afraid to get messy, but reveling in it. Back to a time when neat and tidy was not part of life all the time.

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Rebecca, it sounds like a LOT of people are having problems with the AD. And I don't blame them.

Don't tell anyone, but even after a year I STILL didn't really 'get' why we're supposed to go out and take a couple of "arty" hours for ourselves. I mean, I DO it - and I always have fun - but what does this have to do with drawing/acting/singing/etc?

But I'm starting to get the idea. It's been a loooong time coming. At first, I always did Very Ar-TIS-tic things. I went to the museum (I like it there anyway), to the art gallery, to free art classes, to writers' workshops. I figured it was like Artist's preschool: learn the basics and study the masters, and some of it will sink in.

Thing is, a lot of is was just BOOOOO-ring! So I preached the Party Line, said "Julia says it helps", and went on a lot of (pretty dull) "dates."

So a couple of months ago I thought "what do I wanna do that's FUN, totally without regard for what other people think, and may (or may not) be "in the arts." And FARK* Julia iff'n she don't like it!

And I started doing stuff that literally made me jump up and down with a YEAH! WOO HOO!

I made biiig bubbles (www.leevalley.com has a kit, and I'm asking for another for Xmas...I wore mine out).

I spread some (really cheap) cloth on a plywood, stapled it on, hollowed out some eggshells, filled them with water-based paint and HURLED them at it. It looked like a cross between batik and tie-dye.

So I tried tie-dying (after 30 years!) AND I did some batik. COOL! I highly recommend it for sheer fun-ness.

I remade some birdhouses (old and weathered). I drew a hopscotch grid in my driveway and played. That was fun: a bunch of girls came along and totally kicked my butt (hopscotch sharks!), And we all ended up laughing. I tied a leash around my neck and had my dog walk me around town (he LOVES this!)
In short, I started to act like a goofy little kid.

And - whatta ya know! - my other stuff started happening. It was easier to do everything from MPs to weekly laundry. It just seemed to....I don't know...maybe "let out" stuff that needed to fly.

That, I think, is the point of the AD. Do kid stuff. Bury treasure, and don't forget the map. Go ride a horse, or at least go see some and pet them. Just....DO STUFF.

So think: what would make you go YIPPEEE!? What would elicit a "oh that is SO cool!" from you?

THAT'S what to do on your AD.

So what kinds of things does YOUR kid like to play with?




*(see www.fark.com for this obscure term, but I'm sure you all know what I really mean)

PS: Paper-making is really easy, and really cheap. And candles? Gel + color tab + jar + scent + wick = just about any neat shape you like. Check it out!



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I'm still having a lot of trouble with ADs. I didn't do one last week and haven't done one yet this week. Lately I've been much too stuffy and uptight to do anything fun, so I don't know what to do. I wish I had all of Bettina's stuff so I could make paper or candles. Hehehe.

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Yes, But when I get to my new house it will be Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray,

You write the morning pages so you can have the AD. Raking out the stuff is the morning pages, unpacking in the new house is AD's....

I am just still on the Morning pages. he he he he he... emoticon

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OK, You can all drum me out. I posted a drawing. As I look at it, I think there is more work I can do to add interest, but what the hey, the inner child says just do it! CMY (Carol)

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Hey Mr2Horses--ADs are supposed to be fun! Cleaning out the house doesn't sound like fun to me! LOL.

I am going to look at a photo I took of my first Hibiscus bloom and see what I can make of it with colored pencils (instead of crayons). If it comes out halfway decent, I'll scan and post in a blog on my page....... If not, maybe I'll post it anyway, what the heck. It will be fun to see comment on it one way or the other (the photo is posted there already).

CMY (Carol)

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Perfectionism blocks creativity!

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In my new house I will have a room for a studio. It will be for Painting, Wax carving, CAD/CAM machining, and just hanging out. I cannot have any of the messy things like clay, but That is okay at this point. I find I need to narrow my toys. Maybe I can stay more on track. My cleaning out a house of 35 years will be my AD's for days to come.
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Hello everyone,

I am doing great with my AD. I am working on my afghan. I am doing three AD for 45 minutes each time.
Hope everyone is doing well.

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9/4/08 6:26 P

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I have different sorts of glass kicking around and thinking about them. When I come up with something
or wow, even finish it I'll post the result.

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Merricat,
I wanna come over and play with the clay! I like it when it gets just a little bit gushy. Is your pottery wheel the electric kind or the old fashioned type wheel? I've used both (a long time ago). I have clay soil, but don't know how to turn it into pottery. Live in Arizona.

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HYPATIAX - are you kidding? I was born in Pinerolo, in Northern Italy....of COURSE I was Catholic! It's like a national law! I've been baptized, Communioned, Christened....you name the holy oil or water or wafer, I've probably eaten it or been dipped in it.

But I never believed. Never. And around age 20 I started learning (and practicing) Buddhism. And Wicca (and general paganism). Eventually (like 25 years ago) I took formal Buddhist vows (which don't clash in any way with Paganism, BTW) and ... here I am!

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Me first! Me! I wanna talk about my AD! *waving hand frantically*

As some of you know, I'm in the process of rebuilding my house. Part of that means giving away about 80% of my SHTUFF (that's like Stuff, but it just takes up room and you never use it). Part of it is demolition and rebuilding, and part of it is creating/finishing rooms. I have a fully finished basement, tongue-in-groove woodwork along walls AND ceiling, and it's just a storage area.

So I decided to make the next few ADs about getting back to my just-for-fun hobby-like arty things.

This means:

- unpacking my darkroom and setting it up again. I have a full B&W darkroom, everything from trays to enlarger to timers to....well, EVERYTHING. I love Pinhole Photography, and I've been saying "yeah...sure...later, some day, I'll get back to you on that." There's a perfect place for it in the laundry room, with LOTS of extra space AND running water. After years of putting it off, I'm going back to my photography!

- unpacking my paper-making stuff. Got everything from prepared pulp to dried additives (lavender, rose petals, essential oils, you name it.) I never wanted to do it as a job, but as an occasional hobby it totally rocks. Got the form and deckle(sp?), and I've made everything from drawer liners to wrapping paper, and even a couple of pieces I've framed (not really good stuff, but I had fun so it counts). It can fit in with the darkroom REAL easy: add one large-ish tub and a table for drying (I'll just use the table the enlarger is on, and put the machine on the floor UNDER it for the duration.) HELLO hand-made gifts!

- candle-making. I tried it with the wax and the carving and the molds....blah. But the gel candles are cheap, easy, pretty, and use just about any container. I have the gel, the colour tabs, the scents (from tea rose to vanilla), and about a zillion neat glasses, jars and cups. And enough wicks and wick-holders to make a couple-hundred before I need to buy more. As for heat, all you need is a cup-warmer. I have a hotplate and all that, but I love the fact that you can use just low heat and you get great results. Plus clean-up is easy: roll up the spilled gel and re-use it.

- stained glass. Wow. Scary. It's a professional shop, I've been doing it in bits and pieces for years, and it's time I stopped being so scared of it. I'm a good cutter. I have the patience and the eye for composition. Time to dust away the cobwebs and set out my tools. (This one may take a while....I'm still pretty scared of it.)

- pottery wheel. YEAH! I LOVE working on the wheel, love everything about clay work, from wedging the clay to raising and forming it when it's on the wheel. My wheel's in the garage: now it'll be downstairs, right by the main basement drain. I already have the water board (like what you use in bathroom walls) to put around it, so it's just a rinse-off to clean up when I'm done. Am I any good? No: I totally suck at pottery. But it's WAAAAY fun!

- Place For The Occasional Thingies I Like To Make. I've done bead work (on a loom) to make bags; origami with all sorts of paper; soldering/welding sculptures....a dozen more. Jill of a bunch of trades, master of zilch. But again: all fun. So I'll have a bench, and some drawers with various STUFF in them. And when I feel like - oh, I don't know....how about watercolour painting? - I have my stuff all in one place and I can go DO it, rather than go HUNT for stuff until I'm too discouraged to continue.

Yep. That's going to be my AD for however many ADs it takes. I feel like a little kid, jumping up and down, clapping hands and grinning. And, just to get me started, TODAY'S AD is going to be extra-super-special: I'M FINALLY GETTING THE ROCK-TUMBLER I'VE WANTED FOR YEARS! Complete set, including the different polishes, and it'll cost me $25. I LOVE being an amateur rockhound (I get it from my dad, I think; he's a master stonemason and bricklayer), and now I can make my cool Millennium Sandwiches all smooth and pretty.

THAT'S WHAT *I* CALL SOME GREAT ARTIST DATES!!

Howz about YOUSE???

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Ok. I will focus on the AD as I jump back into this.

BTW: You must be one of the few Italian's who are not catholic? Otherwise you should had a shrift or two given in your lifetime. No confession or absolution for you short or otherwise?

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

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Well *I*, for one, have no problems with backtracking and paying closer attention to each bit of TAW. It's a grand meal, but I'm Italian, born and raised near Rome, and I like the Roman idea of a feast: eat eat eat...wait...eat more....wait....repeat until overstuffed.

(We'll just forget about the vomitoriums, shall we?)

Eating over a period of hours - sometimes DAYS - allowed each delicacy to be thoroughly enjoyed. This ain't no lunch hour, where you have to bolt everything down and still leave time to pick up the dry-cleaning AND run to the bank.

So welcome to The Artist's Way: Bite-Sized Edition.

See anything you like? Dive in!

"Why is she starting with the AD?", you wonder. "Aren't the Morning Pages more important?" Well....yes and no. Yes, they're a bigger part in your artistic and personal recovery. No, because ALL parts are important.

But the real reason is that I have this totally spiffy AD coming up - REALLY super Neat-o keen, even - and I wanna write about it. AND I think it's time we shared AD ideas, what we do/did, how it feels/felt....you get the idea.

Plus the MPs are pretty solitary, and we already gab about what's happening with them a LOT. The AD is getting short shrift. (What the hell's a shrift? Doesn't matter.)

ONWARD!!!



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