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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 2, 2014

Robert Genn

Today we honor the legacy of Robert Genn, painter and champion of artists around the world. Bob passed away last week. This loss is felt by so many in the creative community. Always generous, Bob often allowed us to reprint his insightful and inspiring twice-weekly letters here at Studio Mothers. His daughter, Sara, is ably carrying Robert’s legacy into the future. Our thoughts, prayers, and every good wish are with the Genns.


A regular creative practice — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying in touch with how you make meaning. Key to living, not postponing. (Let’s all agree to give up on “someday.”)

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple as “I will write for 20 minutes every morning after breakfast” or “I will sketch a new still life on Wednesday evening” is what it’s all about. If appropriate, use time estimates to containerize your task, which can make a daunting project feel more accessible.

Share your intentions or goals as a comment to this post, and let us know how things went with your creative plans for last week, if you posted to last week’s Monday Post. We use a broad brush in defining creativity, so don’t be shy. We also often include well-being practices that support creativity, such as exercise and journaling.

Putting your intentions on “paper” helps you get clear on what you want to do — and sharing those intentions with this community leverages the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!

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If you’re an artist or writer with little ones, The Creative Mother’s Guide: Six Creative Practices for the Early Years is the essential survival guide written just for you. Concrete strategies for becoming more creative without adding stress and guilt. Filled with the wisdom of 13 insightful creative mothers; written by a certified creativity coach and mother of five. “Highly recommended.” ~Eric Maisel. 35 pages/$11.98. Available for download here.

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. My daughter graduated high school on Friday — three down, two to go! Such an exciting time.

    Started another wave of selling off household items in preparation for our move. It’s hugely satisfying, but also time-consuming.

    The only writing I’m doing right now is my paid work, but I have several juicy projects going on right now — so I’m satisfied with this outlet during these months of major transition. It will have to do.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [no]
    * Working from my planner every day — using block time scheduling [yes]
    * Project Life update [no]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions are another repeat:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Working from my planner every day — using block time scheduling
    * Project Life update [maybe]

    June 2, 2014
  2. I’ve been hooky here for a while, as work has been demanding 50+ hours of my time every week. At least my pocket books is doing well.

    No intentions from last week.

    This week:
    – write blog post per day with the WordPress Writing101 challenge
    – prep for baby on the weekend.

    June 2, 2014
    • We’re in similar boats, Heather! Except for that “prep for baby” item on your list….does that mean PREP FOR BABY???

      June 2, 2014
      • Um. Yes. Prep for baby means for it’s due date in 2.5 months.

        June 2, 2014
  3. Hello,
    Yes, no prep for baby here either. Master 4 and Miss 6 keep us busy enough…but it is an exciting time waiting to meet your baby for the first time.

    I will continue painting. Up to day 22 of my ‘personal challenge’. Feeling this time will be a good springboard for some future paintings.

    Creative intentions:
    Investigate some courses for further development
    Review creative plan/goals from beginning of the year (this could be scary)
    Review and plan for the weeks after Winter break. Is family life starting to dominate my ‘work’ day?

    Have a good week

    June 3, 2014

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