Waterfalls | finding flow

At the foot of the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Summit trail, there is a serene body of water. I recently hiked here with my husband for our four year anniversary, and it is a place I love visiting. It brings me closer to Adelaide’s natural surrounds and, following a strenuous climb, there’s the gratification of reaching the summit overlooking metropolitan Adelaide. I decided to sketch the waterfall in my creative journal for its sentiment and serenity.

I’ve been practising savouring, an emotional management strategy, in the past week. As I sketched, I tried to bring all of my senses into the activity and cast my mind back to the feelings I had during the hike, the freshness of the light rain, the sound of my breath, heartbeat, and feet during the climb, and the invaluable conversations shared.

This image is full of positive emotion regardless of what one may think of my lack of technique with graphite. Mindful creativity, for me, is more about where my head is as I create. I’m less critical in my creative process now than I was at the start of the month and I have great thinkers like Ellen J. Langer, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and my mentor, Sue Langley, to thank for it. More importantly, I’m enjoying the act of creating. Csikszentmihalyi wrote a great book titled Flow which I highly recommend to anyone seeking an improvement to their wellbeing.

Over the past week I’ve been fortunate to have family visit from interstate during a brief easing of travel restrictions. I haven’t been drawing much during that time as I’ve been spending quality time with my mother, cousins, and brother-in-law from Sydney. These fleeting moments are an important reminder for me to cherish my interpersonal relationships and consider how they can feed my creativity. I’ve already used my daughter as my muse for a couple of artworks; now this piece, Waterfalls, is dedicated to my husband and all our blissful walks and conversations together.

Published by Jennifer Trijo

Jennifer is the founder of The Serenade Files, a resource for creative entrepreneurs. Her published work has appeared in Limelight Magazine, AussieTheatre.com, Australian Teacher Magazine, and Social Alternatives Journal. She holds a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education (UNSW), Certificate of Journalism, and a Diploma of Business Management via scholarship. She is a singing tutor for the Bachelor of Music Theatre course at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, an actor at ActNow Theatre, and a musician in the Nexus Arts Orchestra. Jennifer is a versatile performer with over 20 years of professional experience in the creative industries. She has recently toured as part of the cast of Once the musical, Australia, and has written and performed an original show for the Adelaide Fringe 2021 and Edinburgh Festival Fringe Online 2021 titled Someday - a Mindful Cabaret.

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