When was the last time you made art?
A sketch on the back of a receipt? 5 minutes with your kid’s coloring book? Writing a poem? Building a sand castle? Leaving your lover a note on the mirror – in lipstick?
And when you made that art, how did it feel? Soothing? Energizing? Holy?
(Sidenote: If you say it’s art, then it’s art.)
My art-making mode of the moment is coloring in an old fashioned coloring book. Oh yah.
I usually pick up my crayons when I’m feeling disconnected and confused. Basically, any moment of un-holiness is prime coloring time for me.
Coloring is medicine for my soul.
When I color, I can clearly hear my intuition (or you might prefer to use the words God, or Higher Self) so making decisions becomes so much easier, and the peace I’m a junkie for, arrives within seconds. For me, it is that immediate. That profound.
All that from a coloring book and a 95 cent box of crayons.
Read on for more art-talk in today’s AnnikaTV conversation…
I’m talking with someone who also colors (she made her own coloring book – awesome!) and draws and paints and makes sound collages on Instagram. Art is everywhere for her – on the necklace she made the morning we filmed this and in her ice-blue eyeshadow.
In today’s episode, I’m talking with Aurora Lady about making art as a spiritual practice.
Although Aurora earns a living by making art, don’t be fooled into thinking her story can’t apply to you.
She didn’t expect her art-making to feel like a love-fueled devotion, but it does. What if a coloring book or a fine-tipped Sharpie could help you get that, too?
I get the sense that a lot of us think that art-making is a childhood activity.
Or that only uber talented grownups, like Aurora, who can earn a living by selling their pieces should invest their time and energy into making art.
Or that it’s only considered ‘art’ if someone with a fancy title says it is.
Or at least our friends and family have to think it’s beautiful, right?
But I think we’ve missed the mark by buying into these beliefs.
For those of us on a spiritual path, making art (however complex or simple a process you choose) can be a powerful (and fast) doorway to the soulfulness we are seeking.
We don’t need anyone’s permission to say it is art or to let the making of that art feel sacred and enlivening and goooood.
Click below to watch today’s AnnikaTV episode.
“No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.”
– Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
Whatever your spiritual orientation, what’s more elemental than creativity, right?
The creation of you, me, a dog, a river, a baby, an idea.
And yes, we can connect to that place with focused intention and a box of 95 cent crayons.
Grab the nearest pen or tube of lipstick or turquoise crayon and CREATE. I’m right here doing it with you. 🙂
And as always, I love hearing from you in the comments:
When was the last time you made a piece of art?
And more importantly, how did that feel?
Love & crayons,