“Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.” -Alan Watts
It’s been a crazy summer. Really it started in the spring with my house full of workmen which I thought I would be able to ‘tune-out’ while working in my studio. NOT! Then we went to the coast for a week and then to Italy for 10 days and back to more house renovations. Dealing with all that plus having a bunch of dental work done, I have totally lost my daily rhythm.
Since I don’t work from photographs or by setting up a still-life, I need my imagination not bothered by mundane details. I need time alone. I need to remember to be present. I remember doing a daily painting challenge last January. It really fed my creative juices. So using that same format, I’ve been painting on small (10×10 or 12×12) birch panels and trying to finish a painting each day. I’ve been using different materials and different ways of approaching the panel. It’s been fun and has accomplished exactly what I needed it to do. I am ready to tackle a larger piece!
These are the pieces I’ve finished. My rhythm has returned. My studio makes me smile again. My overactive imagination has a place.
“Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing. When I find myself facing a blank page, that’s always going through my head. What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas.” -Picasso