make some art today and feel better


This is my take on a public service announcement. Wouldn’t it be fun to see posters like this plastered all over the subway or in shopping mall bathrooms?

I just tore myself away from the computer where I’ve been writing up the lessons for ROOT: 30 Day Journal Project, which launches on January 1.

Today is market day at one of my favorite organic markets in Oaxaca City. I planned to go there for brunch, get veggies for the week, and come right home and back to work.

Instead, I went on a five-hour walk along whatever side street grabbed my attention, snapping photos with my iphone all the way.

Preparing for the journaling class, I came across an article by Wayne Dyer where he describes his writing process as:

going on a long drive to a favorite hiking spot in Maui,
then hiking two hours each way to a waterfall,
then hanging out under the waterfall for as long as he likes
until he is ready to go back home and write.

That’s what I did today, except an urban edition, with camera and senses alert for color, sounds, shapes, smells, ideas.

The air was the perfect temperature of breezy mellow sunshine, and I let myself stay out in it for as long as I needed. Carrying two bags of groceries back home the whole way. Which was fine.

Now I feel ready to write again.

Also, I wanted to try a technology experiment of using just my iphone and ipad with a bluetooth keyboard to make this post.

There are some excursions around Mexico coming up, and my intention is to travel without my laptop. So I need to get my workflow sorted out. Any tips you have are appreciated.

Meanwhile, If you want to participate in my audacious dream, you can learn more about the 30 day journal project here:

What would happen if 10,000 people journaled together for 30 days?

I bet we’d all feel better, and some epic things would happen.

8 Responses to make some art today and feel better

  1. Nancy Schimmel January 3, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    And did you draw the vegetables?

  2. donna January 3, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    You’ve inspired me to make art every day in 2014. My creative juices are flowing …I’m looking forward to reconnecting with my creative,spiritual,magical side again!

  3. Laura December 29, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    What a lovely ramble. I’m entertained by the picture of you meandering about with your vegetables! I’m looking forward to Roots–have a new sketchbook and everything.

  4. studio lolo December 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I’m looking forward to this journey for many reasons, one of them being to jump start the new year positively and artistically! Thanks so much for making this available. A friend in Holland pointed me here and I’m glad she did!

  5. Anne Dexter December 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Thank you so much for giving so generously, I am very excited to begin.

  6. Anne Dexter December 29, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Well I am really looking forward to this. I do hope many people will join in and journal. I have a sketchbook ready and waiting. You are so inspirational Lisa, and I am hoping this will spur me on this year. I painted a horse portrait for a friend for Christmas gift, and I so enjoyed it. It awakened my urge to paint again. What I am yet to figure out is why I get so blocked, hoping the Roots project will help me get to the “Root” of this problem.

    with love and anticipation


    • Lisa Sonora Beam December 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      the ROOT of the problem. yes! can’t wait for you to discover…


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