A gorgeous, sunny day with a window of time before boarding one of the river boats for the “must see” tour of Chicago’s architecture. A brisk walk along Michigan Avenue and I was at Millenium Park, a perfect place to pass the time. I “sussed out” the Art Institute’s admission and check-in criteria, and featured exhibits, and then made my way back to the park via the Nichols Bridgeway, snapping a few skyline shots along the way.
A short meander through a garden wild with day lilies, asters, clover, and herbs – to then take a center seat at the outdoor Jay Pritzker Pavillion for the noon hour “Edible Audible Picnic” concert featuring Grape Dope, two electronica jazz artists.
The music said it all, as the guys bent over their technology, bopped to the beat, the only apparent connection to an audience, mixed in both age and appreciation.
Intent to find my way into the heavy grooves, I resorted to a painting technique I learned when studying with a well-known artist a few years back. Eileen encouraged taking pen and paper to draw in response music: a freeing way to access creativity by engaging several senses while bypassing one’s inner voice of criticism. Pen in hand, I sketched, coloured, then water brushed my Grape Dope, totally immersed in the experience.
How do you engage in your creative process in a way that totally immerses you in the experience?