Friday, January 26, 2007

Finding Water: an invitation.

At the moment I'm listening to music on Pandora...tonight it is musicians like Vienna Teng, Catie Curtis, Sia, The Be Good Tanyas, Niyah, Hem...some are old favorites, some are new finds. I can't help but be addicted. These days, it's not unlikely to see me connected to a big goofy-lookin' pair of noise canceling headphones. I'm in love with the extra layers of sound...

...oh yeah, but that's not what I sat down to say.

A few weeks ago, my dear friend Ruby sent me a copy of Julia Cameron's new book Finding Water: the Art of Perseverance. I had to laugh when I read the title because, well...if you've been reading my blog for the past year or so, you probably already know just how perfect the timing is for this book! Do I believe in a supportive universe? Yes!

Last January I joined Leah and a large handful of others in blogging The Artist's Way. Let me just say that it was an incredible experience. Being a part of that group has impacted my life in more ways than I expected. It helped me survive grad school with my Self intact and, through a growing circle of connections, it is how I came to know many of you. For both of those things, I am thankful.

In many ways this past year, for me, has been a lot about overcoming fear. It has been about perseverance. And it has also been about finding a supportive network of friends and fellow artists. Because blogging The Artist's Way as a group was such a positive experience, Leah and I would like to ask you to join us in journeying through the pages of Finding Water: the Art of Perseverance (and in case you're wondering...Finding Water is a 12 week commitment very similar to The Artist's Way in terms of morning pages, artist's dates, ect).

We will be starting the book on Saturday, February 17th
...and you are cordially invited to join us!

If you're interested, please check back (and in the meantime, go get your book!). There will be a Finding Water blog link coming soon where, as Leah pointed out in her post here, we will be creating a list of blog links for anyone who is participating (along with an occasional post or group announcement). We'll let you know when it's ready.

ok, but right now the *t word is whispering my name rather loudly. ah-em! I think it's time to get back to work...

*yep--thesis.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm there! Glad to have an excuse to buy the book and looking forward to the group.

Anonymous said...

yay! i'm over the moon excited. xoxo

so many funny synchronicities in this post for me. i have been listening to pandora all day today, for the first time in a long time (and i love those big goofy noise canceling ear phones! i've got a pair too.)

and the layering of sounds, i just mentioned that in my comment on inspire me thursday which asks about what music would describe your artwork. i chose soul coughing because of all the layering. what a wonderful thing pandora is.

Susannah said...

i'd be interested in joining in... i love Julia (and Catie Curtis!)... i think this book is what i need right now.... hmmm... will go investigate on amazon :-) xo

Anonymous said...

i'm in. i haven't around much lately due to the mountainous pile of work i've been juggling, but i hope to post something in the next day or so...

but i'm in. let me find the book. i have so many other comments to make on your posts...after work, i guess. :S

Anonymous said...

i might do this...
will have to check and see if my
local-yokel bookstore has it first
:)
sounds like a good idea though
and i definately was looking
for something to try again

krista said...

if you guys want any extra buttons made for the site let me know! I love doing that kind of thing.

Kristine said...

As I said on Leah's blog, I'd like to join. Life is crazy and full and yet I had such a good time being a part of 'The Artist Way' group that I can't resist. Count me in.

melba said...

I just read and commented at Leah's. Of course i will be joining you two!

Connecting with you is one of the best things that came out of reading The Artist Way.

XO,
Melba

Patry Francis said...

That book sounds like EXACTLY what I need. Perseverence and water.

Anonymous said...

perfect!
and odd - i return on the
17th!!

Anonymous said...

perfect!
and odd - i return on the
17th!!

Anonymous said...

Jessie - I just bought the book! I think this could help me finish the "t" word!, so even if it kills me I'm going to commit to this. Thank you for keeping the invitation open!
Happy Sunday -

lia said...

I'm excited too, got he book yesterday. Even better to share the journey with this great group! yeah! I'll be looking forward to the link and sharing the journey!

lia said...

p.s. When you all start, I am going to do a separate blog too like you did last time, that way people don't have to wade through all my other junk....I'll let you know hte link when I figure it out. (before 2-17 of course). xo Lia

Spiky Zora Jones said...

Jessie, that is so cool. Can I hang on and watch? I might want to jump on the next one.
I'm picking up a copy on the way home. Yah think it will help me finish my many projects. I've not finished 'Mia' a portrait painting of my Brit friend and it doesn't stop there. It sounds so very interesting.

Ces said...

What a great idea!

Paris Parfait said...

That's odd - just yesterday I ordered this book before seeing your post. But I'm going to watch from afar, rather than actively participate in blogging this book -I have too many writing deadlines at the moment, which absolutely must be met - and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. xo

BendingPeak said...

Oh wow, this book looks just perfect for me. I would love to be a part of the group. I just need to figure out if I can make the commetiment that I would want to make. Thanks for the general invite!!!

swampgrrl said...

oh how exciting!

i don't know anything about this new book. i leafed through the artist's way and tried morning pages for awhile, but my arms started to hurt.

i'd love to join the community. let me get the book first.

and, what's your opinion about doing other activities in her book besides morning pages?