Finding Space in 365
I finished reading Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones this week. The book was beautifully written. An effortless read filled to the brim with nuggets of inspiration and wisdom. Although the book is about writing it really applies to any creative process regardless of the medium. The quote above struck a chord with my 365 project, especially "to be utterly lost with no name," that is the essence of the project. Approaching each edit in a wide open field that seems to stretch infinitely in all directions.
At times this approach can be incredibly daunting. Where do I start? How do I begin? Am I headed in the right direction? Can I possibly create something new today after everything I've done thus far? It can feel exhausting from time to time, and this week I really felt that exhaustion. I was lost in the field. I didn't want to start because I didn't know where to start. I kept putting off the edits until next thing you know it's Friday. I'm aware of the fact that I'm under no obligation to do the edits, write the blog post, and send out the newsletter. I could have kept putting it off, given in to the lackluster feeling, but the reality is I can't do that. I made a commitment to myself as an artist to take on this project and carry it to the finish line.
I sat down this morning determined to finish week 25. With Natalie's words ringing in my head I decided to embrace the space I have given myself in this project. To take the time to be lost as a starting point. To admit that I didn't know what I was going to do to start the edits for this week, on the last day of the week, and that was ok. So I started. That was the best part of it all. After some trial and error I honed in on shapes. I thought it would be fun to play with selections, and why not make that my theme for the week. This allowed me to corral that openness a bit and make the project less daunting. Without further ado here are the edits for week 25.
#169 is the floor opening up to reveal a fiery pool.
#170 is skyscrapers in a whitewashed city.
#171 is topsy turvy. Am I up or am I down?
#172 is an abstract painting.
#173 is a refreshing swimming pool.
#174 is paper airplanes in flight.
#175 the exterior of a building or a faceless person wearing a turban.
Thanks for following along. As always I welcome your questions and comments below.