Just a quick review of The Artist’s Way week 6 (I burnt several fingertips earlier today so typing is not the easiest thing).
– I did my morning pages every day, even if once was in a Historic Scotland car park at lunchtime. They were generally a bit slow.
– I can’t say I saw a lot of synchronicity this week, but maybe I was just being cynical.
– Going to the writer’s group was definitely good progress on getting myself out there.
– My artist date was part of my busy creative Thursday. I took some time to wander around the National Gallery of Scotland in a completely unstructured manner, just looking at things I like. I typically find I’m not very inspired by pre-1900 art but I was wondering how much of that was due to a childhood where I felt like what I *ought* to do in a museum or gallery was to go round learning by reading every label. Now I’m prepared to let go of that in museums, I thought I’d give it a shot in a gallery too.
The National Gallery is surprisingly old-fashioned and has walls in incredibly ugly shades of red and green. But it’s a great space. On two floors, I found 8 or 10 pictures that really appealed to me, and spend a long time looking at each one. Since I was just looking, I deliberately didn’t make any notes so now I am quite frustrated that I can’t link to the pictures! I’m better at the newer stuff – a MacTaggart seascape, that Grant portrait of his daughter, Ben Ledi by D Y Cameron (the only one that I noted because I would love a copy for my front room!) But I stood for ages in front of a portrait of a man and a woman with utterly gorgeous lace and fabrics, and really touching young faces, and I couldn’t even tell you the century. I’ll have to go back!
And that’s kind of the point. There’s something great about having a local museum or gallery that you can just pop into and visit your favourites. Sometimes on the 20th time you’ll just happen to see something in a new light. I visited Kelvingrove many times a year as a child, and Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross is still incredibly striking to me (I must go back – haven’t been since they re-did the museum a few years back).
– I’m still not totally convinced by this abundance theme this week. The general text is about letting God do the money thing, as far as I can tell, but the exercises are pretty small-scale. Maybe I just missed the point. I was asked to keep a diary of everything I spend, but since I do that anyway, I didn’t get any new insight. I’ve already done all the attitudes to money stuff elsewhere.
– I’m becoming more and more convinced that it’s the morning pages and the artist’s date that are the really good bit for me. I’m prepared to be convinced otherwise in weeks 7-12 though!