For the last few years, I’ve been getting more and more into visual arts. I’ve always been a “crafty” person, but for many years I did things that involved following a pattern someone else made: counted cross-stitch, knitting, even paint-by-numbers.
Then I started wanted to draw my own patterns.
So I started tangling Zentangles, which allowed me to create my own simple patterns. Even if I followed other people’s patterns, it would inevitably change into something that was all my own. I really liked that.
This past January, I started a new planner, as I do every year. But this year, I wanted to do more with it. I made it my art journal/planner/(writing) journal, with the help of the book No Excuses Art Journaling: Making Time for Creativity, by Gina Rossi Armfield. I cannot tell you how much enjoyment I’ve gotten from using my planner in this multidimensional way.
I also think it’s helped my writing.
The more I do with the visual arts, the more I see around me. Seeing more inevitably leads to better writing. I am more precise in my words (at least I think I am.)
Here are a few examples from my planner/art journal, as well as a recent drawing.
After I finished drawing the pear (although I’m not really done with it yet,) I had one hour before I had to pick up my son from school. During that time, I wrote two blog posts and made some notes about ideas for new posts. Then I picked my son up, drove home, and tried out a new recipe for dinner. It came out great!
When I create art, even in the small way I pursue it (totally for fun!) I believe I am more creative in every way.
How does your (non-writing) creative life contribute to your writing life?
Diane MacKinnon, MD: I’m a writer, blogger, master life coach, mother, and family physician. I’ve been playing around with words and pictures for a while now, and I’m having a lot of fun. I don’t yet know where it’s going to take me, but I trust that it will be someplace new and exciting!