Especially for my Self.
I actually completed the prompts two days later than Maegan, which was completely fine with me, as I was having a sweet visit from my friend Suzanne from Montreal and I didn't feel like sacrificing my time with her to complete the class.
I had to be compassionate with the part of me that felt "guilty" because I wasn't quite sticking to the two week time frame.
A little compassion and a little "shut the hell up!" did the trick ! ;)
I will share some of the work I did in the last 3 days of the prompt for the class.
(you can click on any of the photos to enlarge them)
This is Day 10 where Maegan suggested that we spend a day getting in touch with our senses as much as possible. The word prompt was "Full-Bodied."
I was lucky enough to spend that day hanging out at my friend Patti's pool. I love love love the water and the wonderful floating sensation came out in my journal page a little too.
Spending a day looking, tasting, feeling, hearing and smelling consciously is an inspiring activity. Made me feel pretty filled up !
On Day 11, we were asked to create a time line of our lives and look for events that were turning points or crossroads on our path. The word prompt was "hush".
This is the first page I did, with my windy time line...
Maegan also asked us to think about those turning point moments in terms of where they had brought us, as in "If I had never been deeply depressed, I would never have known how much my art is intrinsic to my well-being."
I wrote about these kinds of realizations on this page but kind of covered it up after. Some of them were a little hard to revisit, but it was a great activity to see how far you have come and why...
Day 12 was the hardest prompt for me. I am still figuring out why.
On this day, Maegan asked us to look at our dreams, big and small and think of little ways we can start working towards them more. The word prompt was "smooth".
I wrote a lot about how I have a hard time giving a name to my dreams right now. I have some large, unrealistic ones like having my own art retreat/studio located on the ocean somewhere, where artists will come and be free to create and play the days away with me, and even have scholarships available for those who can't pay the whole price, etc...
I know, I know, you can make your dreams come true...
But I am not sure if I really want to or if it is more of a fantasy than a dream...
Maybe I am just not there yet...
As for my little dreams, I have been working on them, baby steps, which when I look at the big picture and how I am actually making them happen, I have a real sense of accomplishment and also a lot of gratitude...
Here is my page for day 12:
And now we arrive at Day 13 - The Finale !!!
Maegan asked us to look back at the work we had done over the past two weeks and to celebrate what we had accomplished. She also suggested that we make ourselves some promises of concrete steps we can take to continue the process and nurture our creative process.
This photo doesn't quite do the page justice but I created this "In Bloom" page with Portfolio water based oil pastels. I love the vibrant colors of them. I have also learned that if I seal them with a coat of gel medium after they are dry, I can use most of my pens on top of the oiled surface.
In each of the petals, I included a promise to my Artist Self, like avoiding the critic and the green-eyed monster and to spend time with other artist who "get" it !
I think this page looks like the celebration I wanted it to!
So there you have it !
I can mark it DONE !!!!
With some compassion for that procrastinator, on the fence, Libra part of me, a little kick in the pants from the part of me that really wants to improve, and a whole lot of inspiration from the talented and supportive, Maegan and the Boot Camp Community, the Queen got it saw something through to the end !
Brava for me !
Good, Queenie, good...
Happy Monday and Happy Summer Solstice to all of us in the Northern Hemisphere ! Let the frolicking begin !