a clean sweep...
"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life."
I've been kicking up a lot of dust around here lately. Since I began my 365 Days of Creative project, there hasn't been a dull moment yet. Writing, photography and mixed media are my art forms of choice, my dust brooms, if you will. I haven't let the dust settle for long before washing it away with these tools that I've gathered. All the nooks and crannies of my soul get a regular cleaning. It's hard to keep things from yourself, like secret fears and unproductive habits that you've been sweeping under the rug, when you're spilling your soul out onto the page, or canvas or through a lens. I'm discovering all sorts of lost treasures in here. There's more room to play and relax when I let art sort out the clutter. My life feels more honest, more wide open and in focus, more full and fulfilling.
These creative practices allow me to stir things up when I begin to feel like I'm just going through the motions. They also encourage me to slow down from the hectic pace of the day-to-day and appreciate the small and ordinary moments that make up this life that I have grown so fond of. Now that I'm cleaning out the cobwebs and taking the time to really see it, this beautifully imperfect life feels more my own.