Free from expectation-that's what the morning pages have always been about. Work for long enough to scrub my brain of the bits of dreams or old feelings or doubts.
In days past, I've tried to do the Morning Pages suggested by Julia Cameron, but writing is not really doing it for me. Recently, though, I've busted out a little sketchbook and I'm slowly filling it up with doodles. Some have even lead to very interesting jewelry ideas. Those I've transferred to my "main" sketchbook. One with graph lines to easily gauge size and metal needs. It's pretty cool.
Homeschooling is gradually feeling like it's under control. I can work during school hours on little brainless things-like weaving that's repetitive and calming, or sketching that's easy to put down and take back up again. Especially if it's these little morning pages type sketches. Who cares if you start a new idea and lose an old one if you're not sweating the finished product?
I'm on to something here. Even if I'm not in midst of a formal course like the Artist's Way. It's helping me to live more visually. When did I ever learn these habits of pushing the visual away? It's so natural to me. Some of my earliest memories are of shape and form and exploring them.
Now that school's done I can get back to the bench. Filling my table for the Chili Event won't happen without lots of work!