Weekly smARTips: Time as Landscape

time as landscape

Move your career into high gear… one tip at a time!

Your smARTip for the week:

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Time as Landscape

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What have you noticed about time, and how you use it?

Is it something that feels in your control, or out of your control?

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I have just returned from what I call luxurious time.

It’s the second year I’ve taken off three weeks in one long stretch, and the sense that I’ve washed away all the work grime in a cool Alpine stream is pure bliss.

I know the glow will wear off, like any honeymoon. I also know this is a new long-term strategy for me – making a commitment to myself to take time off from professional responsibilities so I can discover new dimensions to being alive.

One of those dimensions is about time itself.

Years ago, I remember reading in a scientific journal that time was a landscape and we experience time because we are physically moving through that landscape.

It brought to mind Salvadore Dali’s melted watches draped over a landscape of rocks and water – as if he had read the same article I did.

And I started to think about the experience of time and how it affects your work.

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Your smARTist® Move of the week

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In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks talks about our ability to expand or contract time at will.

Quite the mind bender for those of us who experience time happening to us, not us happening to time.

Yet, we all know there are times when “time flies,” and other times when “time stands still,” and even the “watched pot never boils” slow time.

So I’m wondering what might happen to your experience of time, this week, if you decided to experiment with your own personal, willful time machine?

What would change about the way you produce your art if you, willfully, expanded, contracted, or made time stand still?

How would that transform how you take care of yourself: shift frantic to peaceful, too little to just the right amount, release constriction to an open flow?

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This month, I’m urging every one in my circle to indulge in self-care – as a way to be kind to yourself, and also as a foundation for being more present and attentive to the demands of your daily life.

To add to this, I’ve spun a “Simple Tool for Self-Care: Making Sure the Wellspring of Creative Energy Never Runs Dry.

  • What are the Four Directions of self-care, and why do you need to integrate all four into your daily life?
  • What simple steps will let you care for your body and mind in the same breath?
  • What is the mainstay of a healthy, energetic, creative brain/mind, which every artist possesses?

Watch your inbox in the next few days for a download link for this—my September gift to you.

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4 Responses to “Weekly smARTips: Time as Landscape”

  1. I have been painting “time” all my life, since I first encountered the concept of eternity at the age of five. The circles in my work represent non-linear time, a representation of the loop of time.
    Thank you for a thought inspiring article.

  2. Mejo Okon says:

    I am leaving today for the Midwest. I live in West Texas which makes it a 22 hour drive. I am not so much looking forward to the drive nor the family reunion on my husband’s side (I don’t know that many of them)… but immediately afterwards we will be spending a full week by a beautiful lake in Tennessee. I am so excited. No internet. No cell phone coverage.

    I too have never taken any personal time since claiming my studio! I have sketch pads, canvas panels, water colors and my oils. I’m hoping for some plein air inspirations.

    Follow that week, I will drive 30 hours to Idaho Falls for an art workshop. This is the best vacation ever!

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