What to do with your brilliant art thoughts

In response to Monday’s Art Marketing Action newsletter and blog post, author Shelley Lieber wrote:

I teach writing and have given journaling seminars because the act of
journaling frees creativity. I agree with you that there is no right
way to journal–no special book or method is the answer. Each person
needs to find his or her own comfort zone. However, while a box is a
good catch all for pieces of paper, scraps and scribblings, it won’t be
useful unless those pieces are read, organized and expanded. The answer
for those who want to try the box idea is, perhaps, is to regularly take
the scraps and make a scrapbook, or artist’s journal. Take your words,
ideas, illustrations, etc, and use them to create something just for
fun! This is an especially useful exercise when you’re at a stuck phase
or blocked period.

Thanks for the reminder, Shelley!

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2 comments to What to do with your brilliant art thoughts

  • Early this year when I was feeling a bit stressed in preparing for my first high end art show, I started an intention box. Each morning I would write one word for the day, such as “focus” or “relax”, and put it in the box (a basket hanging on the wall). A friend suggested I take those words and collage them. I thought that was a brillant idea. I haven’t done that yet but I have put it on my future project list.

  • GeL

    Terrific tips in the post and the comments. I’ve used those “baby steps” like Amy did. It helps to keep the momentum up, however, small. Oh, after posting elsewhere (I think on your July writing workshop post for your book), I saw you made a “page” about your upcoming book which answers the questions I asked in that post. I hope everything is proceeding smoothly. I came back this morning to read more and am throughly hooked, Alyson! Your blog is **art-tabulous** :D I’m sure I’ll want a copy of your book. Best wishes during this busy time as you wrap it up!