Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Heart, what I learned from 6 Degrees of Creativity

Morning Pages Collage by Lani, texture from FlyPaper Textures.
Sadly, the workshops over at 6 Degrees of Creativity are almost finished.  It has been a great pleasure and a wonderful learning experience to be a part of the workshops.   Gretchen Miller put together a video of her art journal that she worked on for my particular segment, Six Easy Lessons for a Happy Artist's Life.  I love this kind of review!  Very inspiring and a really good termination exercise.  I thought why not create a blog post and some art work about what I learned over all during my time with 6 Degrees of Creativity?

There is plenty of inspiration within 6 Degrees of Creativity to learn and enjoy so much, since the workshops were about art-making, connection, & collaboration.  I learned a very simple method of building community, and that is art exchange.  We had so much fun with the sock monkey exchange and the artist trading cards exchange.  A lot of good, creative feelings were encouraged through these exchanges.

Sock Monkey "Little Red" came all the way from Italy to join my monkeys.  Her maker, Lizzie, is most welcome to come visit Nova Scotia any time!

Here is my ATC treasure!  Thank you so  much Gretchen, Brenda, Gayle, Petrea, Suzanne, and Marina! 

From Cathy Malchiodi, I got a lovely reminder to place gratitude where I can see it.  Create art around the theme of gratitude and hang it somewhere that I will see every day.  Looking at art work created from this perspective creates all sorts of good brain chemistry!   From Jenny Navarro I learned the importance of layering, creating depth and using lovely non-toxic materials to create magical transformations.  Oh my gosh, and from Katarina (Kat) Thorsen I re-learned the importance of having fun as we made and played with and exchanged many sock monkeys!  So much fun!  And from Kristina Bell DiTullo I was reminded to explore the everyday in relation to art and social issues.  Lovely discussions and sharing happened here!  
One thing I learned from Gretchen, was to create a collage with a word or idea which you are wanting to hold in mind or work with for the little while.  (See Gretchen Miller's Revolutionary Art Journaling process for more art and details.)   Compassion has been a part of my personal revolution for the past two years, trying to animate it in my life.  Having been very well trained in judgement and critical thinking, this isn't always so easy.  So I believe the greatest thing I learned from 6 Degrees of Creativity was to find new ways to build and work with compassion in art and everyday life.

“What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart” – Marshall Rosenberg

Collage by Lani, texture from FlyPaper Textures.


Bill said...

Well darn. You didn't receive one of my ATCs, but I very happily received one of yours. I'm trying to think of a special way to display it. :)

Lani Gerity said...

Well, I have an idea about that! There's a "Permission ATC" swap going to start up on 14 Secrets. If you join it, I'd have a little influence about how the swaps go, lol!