Donna Watson mixed media painting/collage SHIMMER
More than 40% of the actions we perform each day are the product of habit. The habits most of us perform each morning may run counter to the conditions brain scientists tell us would promote open minded creative thought. If your typical routine is to jump out of bed, dive into the shower and rush around in order to get into the studio then stop and think about this. What if you set your alarm a few minutes earlier, lie in bed, think about your day, stretch and take deep breaths.
Stand in the warm shower a few minutes longer, think deeper thoughts about what you want to do.
Sit at your desk or work table, have a cup of tea or coffee, write down some of your thoughts. Scientists have found that our morning routines can foster more creative energy and thought. I asked a few artists below to send me their morning image and words to start their day. Their blogs are wonderfully poetic and thought provoking and creative. My morning image is first.
Tea: Sweet Grace Vanilla Rooibos. Breakfast bread: Chocolate Babka. Location: my library desk with my fossils and collections. Book: THE ZEN OF CREATIVITY: Cultivating Your Artistic Life by John Daido Loori. Journal writing notes.
Quiet morning, sun shining in
my favorite things surrounding me
breathe in, breathe out
some thoughts written down
to get me going for the day-- donna watson
Anca Gray lives in Chicago, Illinois. She creates art pieces out of discarded vintage books and found objects. She is interested in everything poetic, emotional, and capturing moments in time and space. She has a tumblr site, an etsy shop and all can be found at her blog TO LIVE POETRY here.
Image by Anca Gray
You must open up to the day with abandon.
drown your expectations, your fearful plans,
slowly, mercilessly, in a pot of black tea.
draw close to the stones
as the day recklessly blooms with possibility -- Anca Gray
Nancy Neva Gagliano is a poet and visual artist. As a photographer, she experiments with photographic processes both outside and inside the darkroom. She is also know for her wrapped (rapt) rocks and for her poetry. Her blog and her poetic words and images can be found here.
Image by Nancy Neva Gagliano
What comes to open space is as real as
what leaves the open spirit.
light, shadow, line, sound.
shared natures sensing boundless energy.
When the mind rests, 'work' begins. -- Nancy Neva Gagliano
Elizabeth Bunsen lives in the northeastern part of the U.S. Her artwork and images always seem to have this warm, wonderful glow. Her interests include wabi sabi, long walks and gathering found treasures. Her 'glowing' blog is called be...dream...play.... and can be found here.
image by Elizabeth Bunsen
dreams launching ideas
like red hot husks
the early light
pregnant with quiet.... Elizabeth Bunsen
Fiona Dempster lives in Australia. She is a calligrapher and book artist. Her art works explore themes about peace and meditation, about reflection and introspection and about journey and place. You can find her tumblr and website from her blog PAPER PONDERINGS here.
image by Fiona Dempster
Freshly squeezed orange juice,
Choose a word to ponder and guide,
Gaze across the ever changing valley,
Be thankful. -- Fiona Dempster
Carol Leslie lives in Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada. Her blog posts and her art (paintings, prints) have to do with Buddha teachings, meditation, and her love for peace, beauty and harmony. She also has an etsy shop and you can find her blog ZEN DOT STUDIO here.
image by Carole Leslie
draw a breath
draw a line
the slender wedge of this moment
is always waiting for us
just below the furious scratching
of the mind. -- Carole Leslie
Leslie Avon Miller lives in the Pacific NW area of the U.S. Her art works include mixed media collage, paintings, artist hand made books, envelopes and tags. Her creating process clears space and light for 'experiencing the moments'. Her blog TEXTURES SHAPES COLOR can be found here.
image by Leslie Avon Miller
"I wake up greedy; greedy for the day, the light, the time to be and see. I want to see the birds, the deer, the leaves unfurling at the end of winter. I want to note the falling snow flakes, the winds in the tree branches, and the warmth of the fire. And I want to see images of art. I want to read a poem, or a thoughtful blog post written by a person in my circle. I wake up greedy and I eat a nourishing breakfast of images, nature and quiet. This is oxygen. And I always put on my own oxygen mask first." by Leslie Avon Miller.