“Genius is talent set on fire by courage.”
— Henry Van Dyke
If you’ve been following along with the previous twenty-two posts of this FIRE: 30 Day Journal project, you’ll notice we spent the beginning of this journey focusing on qualities of daring. You can get all of these posts and prompts sent to you, for free, right here.
Daring is the fuel that courage needs to ignite.
I love this Van Dyke quote because it encapsulates the creative process so beautifully.
The creative process, which I like to refer to as a creative journey, is what I’ve been utterly captivated by for my entire life.
How do we create something out of nothing?
How do we turn a flimsy, ephemeral idea into an actual product?
How do we overcome procrastination? Self-doubt? Technical hang-ups?
If you’re like me, you’ve asked yourself: How do I proceed when I’m terrified? Or don’t know what to do next?
What if I fail? What if it doesn’t work?
How do I even choose what I want to do, with so many interests and ideas in my head?
The answers to all of these questions are within in you, and the best way I know how to get at them is to use our creativity (not thinking, not strategizing) in ways that allow our genius to reveal them.
The way I do this is by keeping sketchbooks and journals as a contemplative creative practice. This is what has worked for me, and so it’s what I teach others how to do for themselves.
How practical is it to keep an art journal or sketchbook? What are they for? Why bother?
How can something that is so fun, and so…seemingly frivolous—playing with paint on paper, stream-of-conscious play, inside a sketchbook—really make a dent in the big deal problems and struggles that I am facing right now?
If this intrigues you, pop over to this post, which is something I give students in the Dreaming On Paper: The Creative Sketchbook workshop.
In Dreaming on Paper, we work the the principles of listening, observing, flow and alignment as part of the creative journey.
This isn’t just airy-fairy stuff.
These ideas are grounded in practical examples, so you’ll also see a bunch of images from a product that happened as a result of the creative journey principles shared in the workshop.
May your visit here today spark your courage, and your genius. Enjoy!
Today’s Journal Prompts
I’ve been nurturing this spark of an idea…
I think it could become…
It would be bold to…
If I got really audacious, it would be daring to…
For your creative journey…
Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook shows you how to create magnificent mixed-media art journals as a contemplative practice. It’s the foundational course required for more in-depth study and the facilitator training.
No experience in art or writing is necessary to attend any of my workshops. Absolute beginners are welcome! I’d be honored to be your creative journey guide.
This post is part of the 30 Day Journal Project.
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