The Art of Problem-Solving (Heart 1.1.36)

Journey of the Heart – Day 36
©Susan Billmaier for susanwithpearls

Guiding Thought

I listen to my heart and with my heart. My heart pays attention to others, listening to their inner voice, their unspoken words. I care, and attend with love to their deeper, silent needs, asking their heart, “How may I strengthen you and raise your energy?”

-Play the Guiding Thought here (loops automatically).
Journey of the Heart audio created by Brad Vanlandingham for Susanwithpearls-


I understood art as problem-solving today. I saw the learning process that goes into art, and how artists evolve.

I feel like the two hemispheres of my brain were uniting.

Art to me has always been a spontaneous, “whatever comes out” approach. I’ve never been able to visualize a picture in my head and reproduce it. And for that reason, I’ve always thought, “I’m not an artist; I don’t have what it takes”.

In addition, I am very logical and rational, and have always had the (misconceived) idea that my dominant logical and rational (left-brain) precludes being artistic.

Now that I am writing this, I am identifying some really false beliefs that I have held!

Today, as I listened to the Guiding Thought, a picture came into my head that I wanted to draw. At first, I thought, “nah…not even gonna try…I know how that would(n’t) turn out”.

But then I thought, “You’ve been doing these triangle-things, overlapping things…you could probably do it”. So I started.

Immediately, I was perplexed with how the lines cross, and where to leave “openings” in some lines for the other lines to “go through” them, creating the layered look.

But I figured it out (sort of. I wanted it to be more complex, with more colors, more lines, more triangles, with “upward facing” triangles at the bottom “receiving” the lines of color coming down).

As I was figuring it out, I could feel myself learningproblem solvingHow do I do it? Where do I put line, and not put a line? and I was able to work through it in my head, to the degree that you see here. The picture is simplistic, I know–but it was actually a big step for me, the “left-brained, non-artist”. I could “see” what I could do…next time, and I understood how artists try stuff, see how it works, then integrate it into the next work.

I could feel how, if I were to do this picture again–or one like it–I would be able to do it more effectively and add some of the complexity that I really wanted.

I wonder if this was an exercise in unifying head and heart?




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