The Rituals of Art



Creativity is just connecting things.  When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it; they just saw something and connected the dots.  It seemed obvious to them after a while.”


There is a sacred dance that happens when the artist shows up!

No matter where you think creativity comes from, we know that when we give ourselves the time to be present and to create, we are connected to something deeper than ourselves or perhaps it is to the truth of ourself and then we can flow.

My life changed when I acknowledged the art of practice and started showing up regularly, to write, play with papers or paint, the outcome was never the goal, for me it was the practice that created the transformation in my art, and ultimately my life.

I come to my practice to be present, tune in, breathe, slow down and listen . . .

I put on music that helps me centre, the music changes depending on the day and my mood. I change the scent of the space, candles, oils or incense, sometimes layering scents on body subtly, to evoke a memory or feeling. I breathe and set an intention or write a word.

Following these small, simple rituals, my heart and soul unite and I am ready to receive whatever creativity is waiting to be expressed. 

I encourage you to develop a ritual that lets your creative spirit know you too have come to create. 

Showing up regularly and being present to your practice, is for me the most important work, after that the art just happens.

Here are a few ideas to get you started on igniting your heart, and soul and creating your own rituals in art.

  • Play Music 

  • Drink Tea

  • Choose your medium (limit yourself/challenge ourself)

  • Light a Candle

  • Infuse Essential Oil

  • Burn Incense

  • Smudge your Space

  • Meditate

  • Set an Intention

  • Clean your Workspace 

  • Create an Altar

 Peace + paint,


Artful TravelMichelle Fletcher