June is gone, but creative discoveries from learning new things live on!

July blog graphic.

June is a blur in my rearview mirror!

June started out with an 8-day immersion in an exploration of my artistic practice. From that emerged an entirely new way of delivering paint to canvas. I am stunned at the transformation I see and that made me stand back from my fantasy novel and reassess my storyline choices.

Abstract in Red.

I had a hard time making the leap from representational art to abstract. I didn’t think I could do it. But finally, I broke through the barrier of thinking and leaped into authentic expression. Though in the early stages of discovery, how I feel about this work will drive me deeper into discovery.  

All the while, in the back of my mind, I was thinking about the fantasy novel. I created a number of barriers to freewriting this book. The #1 barrier was thinking about what fantasy readers want in a fantasy story. 

What the reader wants or needs is irrelevant to the writing process, at least, at first. When I began writing the book, I had visions of action and the environment. Much of that has been cut, and rightly so in many cases. But cutting now put me on the wrong path. I became calculating about the words I wrote and then stopped writing altogether. 

The painting below is about a bend in the road. That’s where am this morning in all my creative practices. 

June was rewarding and gave me creative gifts through exploration. Surprise yourself. Let loose of your thinking and be freely creative!

Bend in the Road.

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