For a creative person, I don’t remember the last time I sat down to create art. Whether I’m drawing, painting, or sewing, the process of creating art is my meditation. When I’m swirling paint onto a brush or gathering a sleeve to fit into the armhole, my focus is entirely on the act itself. My brain can only concentrate on that detail and all gazillion thoughts in my head are quiet.
This month, my book club From Left to Write is reading The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy where Angus enlists in the Nova Scotia WWI regiment and travels Europe to search for his missing in action best friend and brother-in-law. He does this out of duty to his wife but all Angus really wants to do is draw and paint. He is a creative soul yet he works on his father’s ship to support his family.
I empathize with Angus. I dream of a time when I have all day to create art without thought of making money from it. To create art just for art’s sake. In reality, I’m not sure how much I would even enjoy that. Maybe my multi-passionate self would become bored.
When I do
find make time to create art, I feel calm and centered while I’m making it. The feeling lingers after I put away my brushes and scrub the paint off my hands. Art keeps me mentally healthy, just like it kept Angus sane during while he fought on the battlefield. I guess I better keep my travel art kit handy so it’s easy to make art when I’m in need of meditation.
How do you stay centered when life gets busy?
This post was inspired by The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy. Angus enlists in the Nova Scotia WWI regiment and travels Europe to search for his missing in action best friend and brother-in-law. Along the way Angus discovers more than he ever wanted to know.Join From Left to Write on November 14 as we discuss The Cartographer of No Man’s Land. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links.