Creativity Tip: Create your own ritual to mark the start of a new creative project. It’s a simple way to celebrate your creative practice.
Most of my rituals involve prayer; yours should include whatever helps you find your voice and celebrate the beginning of something fresh and new. Is it the singing of a specific song? The drinking of a fancy cocktail in an elegant glass? Do you burn incense? Recite a poem? Go for a solitary road trip? Or do you prefer to invite your best friends over for a bonfire? What if you treated yourself and your partner to a fancy dinner? Experiment. Have fun. Discover the right mix of unique-to-you elements and craft your own ritual – it will nourish your art and bring joy to your life and your practice.
When I start a new painting, my first step is to bless the canvas with lavender water and then write a prayer directly onto the canvas. Sometimes this prayer is a single word, sometimes it’s long and rambling; sometimes it’s written in decorative script, sometimes it is scratched into the canvas with passion. Likewise, when I write fiction, I begin a new book by writing a prayer in each of my characters’ voices. No one ever reads these, but they tell me a lot about my characters and help me stay true to their motivations and desires.
My newest series consists of 30 paintings of angels and is entitled “Messengers.” Each piece will feature more than an image of an angel, for under each finished painting will lie many layers of intense energetic prayer. The finished paintings become a kind of altar, radiating goodwill and the specific intentions I place there as I create.
Here’s a step-by-step look at my creative practice for the first 5-7 layers of my paintings: a bit of paint, a secret prayer, a bit more paint, and a wealth of powerful words in different tongues. There’s also always rich incense, strong tea, and loud music involved.
For me, painting is communion with the Divine. Thank you for letting me share this intimate and sacred process with you. Stay tuned for more information on this series, my art, and regular tips on building a creative process – click here to subscribe.