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thoughts and ideas

Sometimes you must, simply sit with your thoughts and ideas.

Below I’ve created a sketch book to keep track of thoughts and ideas. Which only means that I’ve recorded them – it’s my visual brainstorming journal.

sketch book ideas abstract art by LL Griffin
sketch book abstract art by LL Griffin
sketch book abstract art by LL Griffin

I invite you to take a journal out and write or draw some of your thoughts and ideas, be willing to brainstorm a bit.

decoding our personal language

For me, asemic writing is a bit like decoding our personal language, I see it like dream interpretation, we have our own way of understanding the symbols.

The definition of asemic writing – is left to the reader to interpretalmost like the way in which one would deduce meaning from abstract art.

I sometimes use asemic writing in my art work. Many times it brings clarity to what the topic that I’m focused. For example the image below, the focus was on guidance and the asemic writing in black as the feel of a path or bridge – maybe you see something different.

abstract art by LL Griffin

Satu Kaikkonen, an artist/writer from Finland had this to say about asemic writing “As a creator of asemics, I consider myself an explorer and a global storyteller. Asemic art, after all, represents a kind of language that’s universal and lodged deep within our unconscious minds. Regardless of language identity, each human’s initial attempts to create written language look very similar and, often, quite asemic

endings and beginnings

abstract art by LL Griffin
abstract art by LL Griffin

Many sages and writers have talked about endings are also beginnings. What a lot of people don’t want to talk about is the space in-between. There are words for that space such as liminal, transitional, or transition.

endings and beginnings many times will create uncertainty

Something has ended or changed and you’re in the space of uncertainty and uncertainty doesn’t feel very good to most of us.

How do we get better being in the space of the in-between and not rushing the next steps?

Figuring out how to navigate our lives and being willing to be uncertain, it’s important to find out what works for us.

I believe learning how to express ourselves in a nondestructive way will help us to evolve to be more present and maybe even being comfortable in that awkward in-between space.

I use art and if I’m not sure what to paint I practice making brush strokes such as the Japanese calligraphy shodo or and enso. Sometimes it turns in to art and other times it’s simply practice.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao Tzu

… step one, reading our own map

Understanding next steps may require us to decode, the map that we’ve created. It may not always be clear. Looking for clues, guides and breadcrumbs requires, stillness and awareness. Most importantly we can’t force our understanding of what’s in front of us.

step one, embrace our inner guide, you know the next steps

abstract art by LL Griffin

abstract art by LL Griffin

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A map say to you. Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not… I am the earth in the palm of your hand Beryl Markham

next steps …

I’ve been doing a lot of prepping lately. Mostly preparing paper or canvas to paint on. It also seems to me, that I’m also creating a new space to work in, because I’m organizing, gathering tools, writing down ideas.

next steps … I’m following the bread crumbs

I created these images with the idea of being grounded. It was suggested to me, maybe that they are nests. A nest is a perfect word for taking next steps.

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Pooh: “How does one become a butterfly?” 
Piglet: “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

Winnie the Pooh
abstract art by LL Griffin

This journal is a journey

Let it help you on your path.

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