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Artwork courtesy National Gallery of Art Washington.
Here are some of the many ways you could this visual meditation as a warm-up activity for your own writing or art journal.
For art play …
- Look at the picture for 30 seconds
- Close your eyes and gently notice any colours that come to mind.
- Are there any particular body sensations are you aware of?
- Without looking back at the picture yet, choose some colours of your own.
- For at least 3 minutes, make marks on the page, letting anything flow out.
For word play …
- Let your eye wander over the picture for 45 seconds, being aware of your breath and heart rate.
- Which part of your body you’re aware of?
- Zoom in on one part of the woman or the child (eg: back of knee). List at least 10 different ways that part of their body might be feeling. (Eg: aching, scratchy, relaxed, buzzing)
For memoir …
- Let your eye wander over the picture and feel your body respond.
- Invite any memories that might arise from the sensations you’re noticing now in your body. For example: warmth or buzzing.
- Do you remember a time in the sunshine with an adult or a child? To help your reader, try to describe the sensations you experienced inside and outside your body.
- Draw a quick sketch to warm up.
- Write for 5 minutes without stopping (even if it’s repeating the same word).
- When you’ve finished writing, don’t delete anything! Underline any sentences or words you like, then make a note to come back to it in a week.
Thanks for taking time to look and listen. I hope you’ll find it brings more joyful curiousity and compassion to your day … in surprising ways!
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Want to share your creative adventure and encourage others? You’re very welcome to reply with a link to your own creative response to this artwork or meditation.