Maybe if there were bright orange blinking lights right ahead of us we would take notice, but that doesn’t usually happen with our creative work. No, we usually don’t pay close enough attention and then we fall smack dab in the middle of one of the most deadly creative pitfalls-wanting to have it all figured out RIGHT NOW! Yes, we want to know how our creative projects are going to turn out. We want to know that customers are going to purchase our work before we offer it for sale. We want to be guaranteed that other people are going to love our work before we even make the work. We want to know a new technique we long to experiment with is going to “work” before we buy the art supplies to try it. Oh, there is just so much uncertainty in this whole creative thing!
I wish I could tell you it is all going to work out. I wish I could tell you that you will sell out the first print run of your new book or sell everything at your first art show. I wish I could guarantee you that the new technique you long to try is really going to work, but I can’t. I would hate for you not to have the practice of growing your own creative muscles. We don’t grow many muscles the first time we lift weights-it is the continual repetition that produces strength.
One of the biggest roadblocks to developing an ongoing creative practice is that most artists give up. We have a hard time dealing with uncertainty. We don’t give ourselves time for work to develop, to learn new techniques, or to take the long view. We want it all and we think we want it NOW. But, our creativity shouldn’t be at the service of our instant gratification needs. Our creative practice is one thing that may help us to counteract our “need to have it now” mentality. It may be the thing that develops our inner fortitude to keep going when things aren’t clear-when the path isn’t known. It is a skill and a muscle we all need to have as we traverse real life. We don’t get everything we want, when we want it. Everything doesn’t always work out perfectly. Not everyone is going to like your work or “get” your work, but there are people out there who will. Sometimes starting a new technique will lead you to new directions you couldn’t have imagined before.
When the resistance builds,
when you have a set back,
when things don’t go exactly as you planned,
that is not the time to give up.
You don’t need to have it all figured out. It is a journey and there are going to be switch backs and missed turns.
Why dear creative heart would you go on an adventure if you knew everything before you ever left home?
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If you’d like a little help in dealing with creative overwhelm or other creative challenges you face, please consider joining me here in the studio for Just Imagine.
|Painting completed during Just Imagine class|
This is for you if…
You are still not working on your projects.
Still not creating what is in your heart.
Still answering to someone else’s call rather than your own.
Still not leading the life you imagine.
Still not following the unique call on your life.
Come explore with us…
What is standing in the way?
Why is it so hard?
Let me walk you through a process of creating real change. Let’s uncover the path to a vibrant, passionate and creative life that can be yours.
Let’s take a look deep inside to see what is blocking you from creating the compelling and stimulating work of your dreams.
Together we will explore the building blocks necessary to a healthy creative lifestyle.
We will take some time to look inward to help unleash your passion that is simmering right below the surface.
Start connecting the dots of your emotional, spiritual and creative needs to help you take the next steps in your journey.
And, the best thing…we will use art as the pathway for this discovery process.
Monday, September 24, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Awareness
Monday, October 1, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Identity
Monday, October 8, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Process
Monday, October 15, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Imagination
Monday, October 22, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Resistance & Attacks
No class Monday, October 29 Take a Break
Monday, November 5, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Authenticity
Registration begins Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at 8:00 am. Registration is “first come, first serve basis”.
Registration will close on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.
For more class information, see the studio website at www.melyndavanzee.com.
|Painting in Just Imagine class at Melynda Van Zee’s Studio|
A “Just Imagine” study guide containing all lessons & projects will be included.
•This is a 6-week course meeting once a week for 1.5 hours.
•You will create your own personal art journal-a place to respond and react to your “Just Imagine” journey and several other artistic projects to unleash your creativity.
•Materials for use in class will be included in your registration fee.
•Outside class expectation: Prompts for activities outside of class will be provided each week. It is your decision to participate as time and desire allows.
•A recommended reading list will be included in your materials.
•Melynda will be available to answer questions over email for the duration of the class.
|Creativity in action at Just Imagine Retreat|
Class Fee: $135.00 (includes study guide and all in-class art materials).
Class Size: Limited to 4 students per session to allow for individual attention.
Registration begins Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 8:00 am. Registration is “first come, first serve basis”.
Registration will close on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
Payment due Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
Class must meet minimum enrollment to be held.
|Sometimes you might get a bit messy!|
“I was looking for help in getting over a “rut” I’ve been in. Melynda has helped me tap into helpful exercises to overcome my creative block.
The class is in depth and open, all at the same time. I highly recommend this class! Fun, too!” Lisa Davis-Kovarik
“Definitely take this! It makes you think about a lot of different areas and have those ‘Oh! I get it!’ moments!
This is an awesome class. I suggest it to every artsy person!!!! even if you’re not, you will love it!!” Jill Edwards
|Experimenting with new supplies is just part of the fun|
“It’s not just for visual artists. It’s for anyone who longs to express who they are-what God has given them to share.” Heidi Schulte
“It’s so important to surround yourself with other creatives as you pursue your creative journey. Just Imagine provides the content and community helpful for creative growth.” Aaron Jones
“It’s so beautiful hearing your stories, looking at how your lies have been affecting you and how you’ve overcome them. I relate to you and being in a room full of creative and spiritual people is a comfort and joy.” Jodie Landt
Quotes from other Just Imagine class members…
“I was looking for help in getting over a ‘rut’ I’ve been in. Melynda has helped me tap into helpful exercises to overcome my creative block. The class is in depth and open all at the same time. I highly recommend this class! Fun, too!“
“Do it!!! You’ll learn a lot about yourself and the beautiful gift we have been given as creatives.”
“Go! Even if you don’t think you’re ‘in the mood’ to be creative”.
“Learn to let go and experience and be “REAL”.
“You’ll love this class-very relaxing and fun!”