Artist Way Tools


Last Week we discussed the three Artist Way tools of morning pages, artist date and artist walk. We will continue our discussion and find out how each of our weeks went vis a vis the three pages of stream of consciousness writing first thing n the morning, and the weekly Artist Dates and Artists Walks.

One  of the group activities this week will be going though the list of 101 Artist Dates and highlighting the ones that appeal to you and discussing them with your break out groups. We will revisit the first theme of Origin before delvingi the second theme of Proportion.

For Week One I provided a selection of the quotations that Julia Cameron chose for her first two chapters but from now on please feel free to bring in your favourite quotations and also to highlight any juicy bits for any of the chapters we will be considering as the weeks unfold.

As far as tasks go we did two in the group and one was assigned. First we did a seven minutes of free range writing and later we talked about how the smallest baby step or even half baby step moves us forward. Sometmes taking care of the most mundane items on our To Do List just might be the first domino that nudges the next to fall over and the next and so one and so on.

We went around the circle to publicly declare our intentions from the minute to the extravagantly ambitious. All good.  Sometimes this is all it sometimes takes to move forward and become unstuck. Things undone represent stagnant energy in our lives and after tackling what may seem as a trivial task the next creative idea may appear out of seemngly nowhere.

And speaking of To Do Lists, why not consider a Done List instead? Recently the Globe and Mail newspaper ran a very interesting article on the merits of scrapping the To Do List in favour of the Done List which actually may give you a new perspective on what you actually experience and acomplish on any given day. In other words all those baby steps count! So take one!

To conclude this Monday night update let me make a few announcements. The additon of a second and parallel Artist Way group will be starting in my living room in Colonia San Rafael starting on Februay 1rst. There were a number of people disappointed that this group was full at twelve participants so I decided to start a second smaller group with only six people using same book, Walking in the World,the Practical Art of Creativity.

Perhaps some of you have started working or more accurately playing with your Altered Playing Cards. I have and have found them lots of fun! Totally risk free and the cards can use any media you can think of including recycled materials and ephemera.  And if you had a chance to look at any of the APC sites of Pinterest you will be amazed at what other artists, yes, I’m taking about you, have done with this easily obtained material. I have found no sites thus far that are using the very distinctive Spanish playing cards available in every street or open air market in this city for ten pesos a pack.

Oh, just one more thing. Last week I mentioned my favourite scene from the cult classic Harold and Maude and about how sometimes just knowing where something is is just as good as actually having it. In the first Artist Way book, one of the tasks was to have a trading or giveaway time so next week we will have a giveaway box for releasing anything in our posession that we want to have a second life somewhere we don’t have to look after it!


About canmexartistway

I am a happily retired teacher/expat to be now relocated to the spectacularly beautiful Harbour City of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. During snowbird six I decided to morph from snowbird to Mexpat! I'm taking the 'scenic route' geographically and metaphorically during the next 5 to 6 months as I downsize, downsize, downsize in preparation for an international move in the fall. Follow my blog at

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