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Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
– Francis of Assisi
childhood Mixed Media
Life is like theatre – you’ve gotta be an improv actor to get through.
You can say a lot of my work comes from sheer improvisation…
 Even in the kitchen when I’m cooking…
 Sometimes a formula has a time and a place.
 Like with still lifes…
Although there is a sense of “improv” wondering what all those colors on your palette are going to end up doing…
But with some trust that everything will turn out okay, it will, because you trusted that it would.
Trust is just believing in your instincts.  What evidence do you have that they’re wrong until you try and follow them?
 Here’s a fun fact – I bet you don’t know that Walt Disney was thinking of nature documentaries long fefore National Geographic and Animal Planet.  His first nature film – The Living Desert – barely made it to theatres because nobody thought anyone would be interested.
 Walt Disney went ahead and made it anyway, because he trusted his instincts.  And that is the art of improvisation. 
 This kind of art is a special kind of art – it’s the art of mental wellness.  
Knowing how to “improv” means you know how to take care of yourself.
Body Reborn Amy Oestreicher 2015
From my own crazy journey, I hope to show that you can only get through a tough time – or detour – when you love yourself.  Then…you can love your detour.
I wrote a bit about the art of improvisation for Sammiches and Psych Meds – you can start reading it here:
We’ve all encountered things in our lives that have gone in different
directions than we had hoped or at least anticipated.  It’s what makes
us human – living at the mercy of whatever life throws at us.But that’s the art of life – the improvisation.  That’s where we get
to be creative, work with what we’ve got, and sometimes, we end up being
pleasantly surprised by what our efforts amount to.I’ve found that “sometimes” can be “all the time” in three ways:1.) We can choose to view the “hiccup” in a certain light, seeing the glass as “half-full.”
2.) We can just follow that detoured path and patiently wait, holding
onto the idea that things will improve, hoping that eventually the
“bigger picture” will come to light. This reminds me of a favorite
quote: “Everything will be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s
not the end.”

3.) If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  We can just shrug off what we
had anticipated, laugh it off, go with the flow, and surrender to the
uncertainty, which is neither good nor bad – just be with it and
experience what is rather than what should be  (i.e. “Man plans, God laughs”).

This is what my paintbrush teaches me day after day. I love the
feeling of moving around a big glob of paint on a fresh linen canvas and
having no idea what to expect.  Sometimes I feel like creating very
exact detail…and sometimes I just want to throw some colors around on an
empty space.

Painting is just a great exercise for learning how to live.  Or at
least, it’s a lesson I need to learn myself day after day.  To have the
courage to just start from somewhere – anywhere. To not judge it, and to
just keep going, even if you don’t like how it is turning out.

Sometimes you have an image in mind, and you start with that idea.
And sometimes you even stay with that initial idea for a bit.

But when the paint smears, or you blotch something up, or your
sleeves get on the paint and smear the nice clean line you just painted,
it’s a little frustrating.  But then you just learn to go with it.

And with a bit of patience, and the determination to eventually see it to completion, you’ll get there.

And then sometimes, you start off painting, and you’re on a roll. You
feel the adrenaline of creativity jolting through you like a fluid wash
of watercolors, and then – HALT – painter’s block.  You have no clue
what comes next.

You might take a detour…

If life's taken you down an unexpected path, you're a Detourist

Before I Go…

Go ahead and trust your instincts today.  What direction will they move you towards?


See you there! 

I #LoveMyDetour – and navigating my detour is the “art of improvisation.”

Now tell me – why do you love yours?

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