Everyday Courages…five years on. Are you joining me?

Five years ago, I created a photographic series Everyday Courages as part of a digital photography class by Dion McInnis. The class and my resulting work proved to be more about life than photography…if that makes sense.

For a week I just walked around and looked and saw…what I was seeing.

 

These were the resulting images.

Everyday courages…

to get up,

to get lost,

to get out again,

to get hurt,

to hang loose,

to grow,

to smile,

to create

and to touch.

Now looking back at them, I feel like revisiting these Everyday Courages and finding out if/how they have changed for me since 2011.

So I am going to look around and see again, at what I see…with this particular focus in mind.

And…if you feel like…you could join me…this time round.

I feel like collecting our Everyday Courages, get inspired by them and encouraged.

If this speaks to you…would you send me your images with a title in the format “Courage to…”?

I am not quite sure where this will go…but I have a feeling, in my couer/heart, the heart of the word encourage, that I should explore this with others.

If you have any questions, ideas or answers…pop them in here. I am looking forward to them.

Love,

Irena

 

How to get and keep creative (Day 4): Computer fast

Going on a virtual fast can be hard…yet totally worth it :), says I as I close mine (computer) for the day, off onto pastures virtually free 🙂

What could you do when you are not online? Look around…don’t panic…and have fun with it. Report the results later in the day/evening 🙂

In April I am posting these mini creative prompts to get us tuned into our creativity and arting…in order to kick off in May with a Month to #becometheartistyouare. Join us here for more sharing fun.

<3ly/Cordially inviting you…

…to #becometheartistyouare.

I am not kidding. You are…an artist…and you are becoming. We all are.

If you are intrigued by this proposition, why not come along to my workshop as part of the @TelegraphHillFestival and find out more…for yourself?

We meet on 7th April (Friday before Easter, I know :-)) in the Craft Room at The Telegraph Hill Centre on the Telegraph Hill, SE London (New Cross Gate or Nunhead being the closest stations)

Art @ Telegraph Hill Festival

We shall be getting rid of our potential arting fears, and exploring inner and outer inspirations, experimenting, having fun. Bring yourselves and your parents if you are under 12 :-). No prior arting experience required, honest. Just yourself.

I am really looking forward to our artmaking, sharing and filling up Telegraph Hill with artworks (which you should eventually be able to take home with you).

The event is free (though contribution towards materials is always welcome, thank you!)

Are you up for it? Bring a friend along…and let me know on FB, if you are coming :-).

Yours sincerely,

Irena Ellis

your local/international artist/educator/creativity coach.

 

 

 

How my morning discipline is helping me write the book

Photo on 04-10-2015 at 13.31This book of mine…can be a real pain…but/and a real  joy at the same time.

I did not write/got round to it much in February. Instead I deliberately procrastinated making jewellery (and selling some) and preparing for the Art Open Show at the Telegraph Hill Festival at The White Hart at New Cross Gate (see my instagram feed)…and just relaxing. Don’t know about yourselves, but Feb is my least favourite month in the year. And I spend most of it sleeping, usually. Having said that…we have March now…and I have been marching on again. Dancing along.

I have noticed how much my morning discipline really helps set the tone to the day and the writing and how I spend the first ninety minutes or so determine pretty much how I get on for the rest of the day.

So when I get up, practice and dance…I am all set for the day. And I can get cracking writing. Much easier. I am awake, aware and conscious. Mentally and physically too. Ready to take on the day.

It took some fine tuning and discipline to build a daily discipline :-)…but I am getting there and seeing the results too. You probably know that it takes some three weeks to build a new habit. (After drinking water regularly, this is my second habit I have built this year).

So what you do, you remember/remind yourself daily to do it, stick with it and it slowly becomes a habit. A good one. A good one to have.

Do you have a daily morning discipline? Tell us! What works for you? How did you build it? How are you making sure you stick with it? Or any other powerful working/arting habits? Do share!

In the meantime, arting and writing hats on!

P.S. Update: The book is now available in the form of an e-course. And it is going at an early bird price until the April Fool’s Day…sooo….check it out.

 

 

#becometheartistyouare workshop at The Telegraph Hill Festival

Just before Easter…just before heading off on your holidays…you have a chance to drop in at the Telegraph Hill Centre for a couple of hours in the afternoon (from 2 to 5 to be more precise) and #becometheartistyouare.

What to expect? We’ll start with where we are, then get rid of our potential art fears  /Fear of ART equals…?/ and then draw a line. And take it from there. It will be as messy or as clean as you want it to be 🙂 (school age children are welcome when accompanied by an adult, if you have a smaller one and want to take part, why not try together?), materials are going to be provided and no prior art/ing experience is required, really really. We are going to explore our inner inspirations, creating, sharing, having fun. I mustn’t let on too much, but enough to get you interested to come along. Are you? Let me know!

Any questions? Let me know 🙂