Beware what’s in your brain: it might just be good
And why create in the first place?
The Creative Prescription is a newsletter that explores how creativity can improve our well-being and help us live a more mindful life; one that counteracts the ping, dings and distractions of modern-day living.
I’m in a quiet reflective mood as I write this…
After the busyness of last week’s wellbeing festival in Suffolk and the preparation running up to it, it’s been a pleasant change this week to take some time to slow down. Giving me the opportunity to get clear on my goals for the next quarter.
Personally, I prefer setting quarterly goals as they feel more attainable and manageable. Additionally, with summer break fast approaching, productivity tends to decrease during this time, so it’s good to factor this in and avoid frustration!
This week I’ve finally got around to using a productivity journal from Intelligent Change (more on that below) which has been surprisingly helpful as I’ve always put these things down as a bit flaky, to be honest! All gratitude journalling as opposed to ‘vavavoom’; get up and actually get things done.
But that probably explains why I feel frustrated at myself most of the time and am very bad at congratulating myself on my achievements. Patting myself on the back feels self-indulgent and dare I say, arrogant! That’s for other people, not me, right?
Why I Need To Create
With this time for reflection and goal setting, the desire to draw has been simply over-bloody-whelming! It’s like a drug. The more I do it, the more I want. It’s a never-ending craving for my pencil, pens and drawing board. I carry my drawing folder with my supplies around like a comfort blanket. As long as they are in the room with me, I’m OK. There is the potential to get my drawing fix.
Why do I feel this need I wondered? This question inspired this Instagram reel:
Creativity is so much more than pretty pictures for me. It’s my road to well-being. Pure and simple.
Beware what’s in your brain: it might just be good
The botanical ballet dancer you see at the top of this post is an example ‘hit’.
There I was sitting in my garden in the beautiful Brighton sunshine, minding my own business and I had the need to draw a dancer with a flower. No idea why. I just did and I couldn’t ignore this desire.
I Pinterested some reference pics, started to draw and voila! A twirling tiny dancing botanical ballet beauty appeared.
She reminds me of a character I created when I first started playing on Instagram many years ago, after having my daughter Daisy. Playing with drawings and flowers to stay sane during those rough nights and long days with a new baby.
The character’s name was ‘Sassy Du Fleur’ and we went on many unexpected adventures and collaborations together which was exciting and wonderful.
But alas, she and I felt the need to pursue other avenues and adventures. However as I’ve found my way back to my drawing board, it seems Sassy has joined me in a slightly new form!
So this is me congratulating myself - I am pretty pleased with her.
Dare I say she’s good?! Beware what’s in your brain Georgie, you may just like it!
More ideas are in the making for these little beauties which you’ll be seeing more of in the coming weeks I’m sure.
For now, here’s some inspiration for your weekend.
As always, stay creative
💫 For the Weekend: Inspiration to Draw On
📘 Best Year Journal
I was gifted the Best Year Journal from Intelligent Change a while ago but I wasn’t in the right headspace to use it. It’s fitting that it’s taken me to the summer solstice and halfway through the year, to actually sit down and use it properly. As opposed to dipping in and out. It’s been really great and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the plans that have come out of it.
🎨 Get Creative
🎵 Music to Move Your Pencil To
This piece has the perfect rhythm for shading along to. Listening to this as I draw, I use slower single-line strokes when shading my flowers. I align my hand strokes to the music and it’s the most meditative experience. Have a go! (I’ll post an example here soon.)
✏️ #GOMAKE Creative Challenge on Instagram
To celebrate the upcoming launch of the first Tom's Studio mechanical pencil (who are one of my favourite fineliner and fountain pen designers), they’ve decided to run an inkless challenge.
Tom and the team want you to draw out this quote by the wonderfully wise Emily Dickinson:
"Forever is Composed of Nows"
If you’re feeling creatively stuck or just fancy a challenge, this is a lovely exercise to have a go at. Post an image to Instagram and tag them before 9am GMT on 27th of June.
💬 And Finally…A Quote to Live By, inspired by the Summer Solstice
“There is a sort of inescapable light-strangeness that animates everything. At the solstice, the magic that fills up the world spills over, charms every corner.”
— Alice Tarbuck (from A Spell in the Wild)
(found via a Substack note from Small Stories by Laura Pashby)
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