The Artist Way – Week 3: Recovering a Sense of Power

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Hello and welcome to this Artist Way check in Week 3. The Artist Way is a book written by Julia Cameron that is meant to guide artist and creatives of all walks of life through a 12 week process of self discovery and unlock of your creative freedom. If you’re curious to know more about it, check out my blog where I describe the different components of the 12 week journey and tools included in the book.

The weekly check ins in this blog answer the questions Julia asks to put your progress into perspective. I added the weekly tasks to the list and categorized the questions as follow:

  • Morning Pages:
    How many days this week did you do your morning pages
  • Artist Dates:
    Did you do your artist date this week? What did you do? How did it feel?
  • Weekly Tasks:
    I added the weekly tasks here.
  • Check In:
    Did you experience any synchronicity this week? What was it? 
    Were there any other issues this week that you consider significant for your recovery? Describe them.

Without further a do, let’s have a look at these weeks’ check in!

Morning Pages

  • How many days this week did you do your morning pages?

7/7 days. Word count: Mon 525, Tue 793, Wed 733, Thu 510, Fri 757, Sat 623, Sun 750

Artist Dates

  • Did you do your artist date this week? What did you do? How did it feel? 

This week, my artist day was a mix between the Inner Compass task, the artist date and me wanting to finish a few of my projects. I drew the New Zealand Alebrije with crayons and I then started with the base figure of the Alebrije with recycled paper.

I realized I’ve been drawing New Zealand birds and I haven’t drawn anything Mexican so the next day, I drew an axolotl and a quetzal. Will be coloring the eagle, snake and xoloitzcuintle at some point.

I also almost finished my army of Georges and I think it was last week that I started poking holes at my corsets to make the grommet openings. 

Tasks

  • Describe your childhood room. If you wish, you may sketch this room. What was your favorite thing about it? What’s your favorite thing about your room right now? Nothing? Well, get something you like in there — maybe something from that old childhood room.

I think I like my room now better. If I’d take something from my room at my parents house now (not childhood) would be my alebrijes, maybe the dolls. But I do have plushies and similar things here, just not the same things. Maybe I need to make the alebrijes I’ve been wanting to make.

Costumes, masks, memorabilia, clothes, gifts and memories from friends and family, simple and rustic, private, playful, colorful, cozy, girly, Mexican. White walls, individual bed, open home made closet, big window, cluttered.

  • Describe five traits you liked in yourself as a child.
  1. Confident, headstrong
  2. Outspoken
  3. Do what I please and don’t mind the suggestions or opinions of others
  4. Unhinged, no filters
  5. Trusting 
  • List five childhood accomplishments. (straight A’s in seventh grade. trained the dog. Punched out the class bully. short – sheeted the priest’s bed). And a treat: list five favorite childhood foods. Buy yourself one of them this week. Yes. Jell – O with bananas is okay.
  1. Good class projects
  2. Aslan doberman dog, Goku and Led Zeppelin drawings
  3. Won best costume in relaciones culturales
  4. Won voucher at independence competition in highschool
  5. Won best stand at Tourism Show 
  6. Oaxacan Festival 27 may 2018
  1. Albóndigas / Frijoles a la charra
  2. Conchas / Hot chocolate / Arroz con leche / Glorias / Bombones choco nuez
  3. Popcorn / Takis / Chapulines / Totopos
  4. Maruchan / Sopa knorr 
  5. Elote
Conchas, mexican bread
  • Habits:

Take a look at your habits. Many of them may interfere with your self – nurturing and cause shame. Some of the oddest things are self – destructive. Do you have a habit of watching TV you don’t like? Do you have a habit of hanging out with a really boring friend and just killing time? Some rotten habits are overt (drinking too much. smoking. Eating instead of writing). List three obvious rotten habits. What’s the payoff in continuing them? Some rotten habits are more subtle (no time to exercise. little time to pray. always helping others. not getting any self – nurturing. hanging out with people who belittle your dreams). List three of your subtle foes. What use do these forms of sabotage have? Be specific.

  1. Doom scroll – kill time, not being present
  2. Being emotionally reactive to practical things – always on edge
  3. Bad posture and not stretching – overdoing things and being in pain
  • Make a list of friends who nurture you — that’s nurture (give you a sense of your own competency and possibility). not enable (give you the message that you will never get it straight without their help). There is a big difference between being helped and being treated as though we are helpless. List three nurturing friends. Which of their traits serve you well?
  1. Mariana – listens and provides life experiences
  2. Sele – share similar problems but different with mental health and is a poet
  3. Valentina – share similar immigrant problems and is grounded 
  • Call a friend who treats you like you are a really good and bright person who can accomplish things. Part of your recovery is reaching out for support. This support will be critical as you undertake new risks.
  • Inner Compass: Each of us has an inner compass. This is an instinct that points us toward health. It warns us when we are on dangerous ground. Morning pages are one way to contact it. So are some other artists – brain activities — painting. driving. walking. scrubbing. running. This week, take an hour to follow your inner compass by doing an artist – brain activity and listening to what insights bubble up.
  • List five people you admire. Now. list five people you secretly admire. What traits do these people have that you can cultivate further in yourself?
  1. Carla Morrison / Natalia Lafourcade / Shakira
  2. Jane Goodall
  3. Chiara Bautista / Lora Zombie
  4. Anne of Green Gables / Luna Lovegood / Claire Fraiser
  5. Hello

Unique, sensitive, creative, imaginative, kind, open minded 

  • List five people you wish you had met who are dead. Now. list five people who are dead whom you’d like to hang out with for a while in eternity. What traits do you find in these people that you can look for in your friends?
  1. Oscar Wilde / Edgar Allan Poe 
  2. Albert Einstein 
  3. Homero Gómez / Steve Irwin
  4. Princesa Diana
  5. Bob Ross / Vincent van Gogh

Kind, caring, sensitive, curious, creative, talented, strong will

  • Compare the two sets of lists. Take a look at what you really like and really admire — and a look at what you think you should like and admire. Your should might tell you to admire Edison while your heart belongs to Houdini. Go with the Houdini side of you for a while.

I see I really connect and admire people like me who maybe suffer for caring too much or being sensitive and unique but they still got to do their thing and fight for what they cared for and are / were recognized and loved for it. Even if people with other personalities see them as liabilities or people who are not apt for the way of life nowadays. These people are the ones who fight and care for things bigger than their own interests. Even though what they do interests them, they’re not pursuing those things for personal gain but for connection and to protect what can’t protect itself. 

Check-In

  • Did you experience any synchronicity this week? What was it?

The comments on the art gallery wall saying “you can do hard things” when I was thinking this was a lot of work and I felt like even if I did all of it, it might not help me long term. Also people reached out when I posted things on social media since one of the tasks this week was to reach out / call a friend.

○ Were there any other issues this week that you consider significant for your recovery? Describe them.

Just that thought about it not helping me after I’m done but it was very quickly addressed. Also my wisdom tooth removal made the childhood food task be pushed for next week. And I didn’t really go outside for walks or do any physical exercise. I know it was because of my wisdom tooth pain and exhaustion from work (I had work everyday this week) but I did have enough energy and time to push myself to go out but I didn’t.

Going into weeks 4, 5 & 6

  • Morning pages

I do want to give writing the morning pages by hand a go but I don’t want to push it too much otherwise, I’d be in pain for a while and use that hand energy and time in writing other than in actually making things which defeats my purpose for this process of being a bit more creatively free and spontaneous with my art (and that involves using my hands).

I would also like to take away distractions and try to make it first thing in the morning more often Maybe going out if the weather permits or to the library or a coffee shop to write and make a thing out of it, of course (probably) not every day.

  • Artist Dates

I do want to be more intentional with the artists ways (same as the morning pages) and take it outside. I haven’t been preparing anything special for these past weeks, I’ve only been doing projects that I have laying around at home. I want to do artists dates that don’t involve the making of the art itself.

  • Tasks

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