Walking, Reading & Putting Creativity First

On Tuesday & Friday mornings I invite you Behind the Scenes at my studio.

Today: At the recent studio forum about creative habits, the power of putting your creativity first became apparent! I’ve been adding walking & ebooks to my routine and it’s a joy! Plus – more bulletin board art!

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My First Wander

Last year I wanted to set myself the goal of getting outside each day, no matter what. I even bought a pair of snow pants so that I could keep up with it even on the coldest days. This never really moved from idea to project but the idea never left me.

Recently I listened to my first audio book, Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness and I loved it. (I mean loved it.) It occurred to me that as a book lover who never has time to read and a work-from-home entrepreneur that doesn’t get out enough, that these were the ingredients of a magical pairing!

What if I went out on daily walks and listened to books?

I thought I would try it out. I checked with my sister Shannon, expert in all things entertainment related, and asked about borrowing audio books from the library. She pointed me to the Overdrive app and I was on my way. As I went down the glorious rabbit hole of library audio books, I stumbled across one by Keri Smith. I love Keri so I decided that would be my first book for my first walk. You’re not going to believe what it was called…

The Wander Society

I didn’t even draw a correlation until I was out walking this morning, listening to Keri talking about “wandering”. As I listened, first my eyes tingled with tears and then they shone with recognition. I have unknowingly been a part of this society since I was a girl on a bike riding to the far reaches of her neighbourhood trying to get lost so she could find her way home.

There will be more to say about this book and its impact but for today, suffice it to say that the synchronicity suggests that the Universe likes my plan to go for walks and listen to myself and the writers, thinkers, artists, healers and poets who will accompany me.




Art Day: Drawing Together

On Sundays, my sister Shannon and I try to get together for Art Day. We work through classes or projects together, maybe try new materials or play in our journals. The real key is setting aside a couple of hours to hang out with our creativity and one another.

 Art Day Subjects

Our focus this Sunday was drawing. Each of us chose a subject to work with. Shannon’s was so sweet and small she could easily put it in her pocket to bring it over!

Scribble Owl

We did some scribbling.

blind contour owl

And blind contours.

And what Carla calls cheater blinds.

Art Day Shannon

We had fun.

photo by Shannon

To be honest, I still can’t quite believe that I can have fun drawing. It’s been the hardest of all the arts for me to get comfortable with. I’ve finally started to let go of my attachment of the results. I’ve stopped using everything I draw to assess whether I am capable of drawing. Instead, I have come to appreciate the way that drawing gives you the gift of a deeper relationship with what you choose to draw.  With every thoughtful line, you are a witness to its character.

Art Day Rain

What a perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday.

Art Day Rain 2

PS If you’re looking for some drawing inspiration, Shannon’s currently enjoying Intro to Realism with Karine Swensen offered through Carla Sonheim.

Articulation, Magic & Togetherness

On Tuesday & Friday mornings I invite you Behind the Scenes at my studio.

Today: I spent my creative energy this week and I’m thinking about the way we creatives are in the journey together.

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By the way, if you have taken a class at the Academy, you have access to the Wisdom Core series, which includes conversations with Kim and with Tanya. You’ll find the series in your locker.

We're In It Together

Creative Living with Jamie: Janice MacLeod

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Creative Living with Jamie (episode 270): Interview with Janice MacLeod

Discover what author and illustrator Janice MacLeod says is the multivitamin for your creative life! This practice led her from her job writing advertising copy to her life as an artist in Paris – and it’s one you can start today!

Janice MacLeod, the illustrator and author of the New York Times best-selling book Paris Letters, was born in Canada and worked in advertising for many years until she decided to slip away from corporate drudgery and spend time abroad. During her time in Paris, she painted letters about her travels and mailed them to friends, who encouraged her to sell the personalized illustrated letters on Etsy. Since then, Janice has sent out thousands of letters to fans worldwide. She has also released a second Paris-themed book called A Paris Year, an illustrated journal of her life as an artist in Paris.

Connect with Janice MacLeod

Website:  janicemacleod.com
Etsy Shop: Janice MacLeod Studio
Books: Paris LettersA Paris Year
Facebook:  Janice Macleod

Remember, Janice has generously offered to give away a Paris letter to 3 lucky listeners!

Listen in for how to win! The contest deadline is October 22, 2017.

The moment Janice receives her first copies of Paris Letters!

Shine a Light ~ Spread the Magic

Whether this is the first episode that you’ve listened to or we’ve been hanging out for years, I am so glad that you’re here.  I love knowing that we’re hanging out in your studio, folding your laundry or that we’re hanging out while you’re walking your dog or going to work. Wherever you are and however you listen, I want you to know, I cherish you. And if you cherish this show, if it has been a blessing to your creative life, please spread the magic! Take a moment to leave a positive rating or review on iTunes. Share the podcast with your friends! You really can make a difference by shining a light on the show so that it can be found by other creative hearts just like you.