Image note: Today's unfinished frustrations. (Also Google+.)
This blog isn’t just about learning to create art. It is also about learning to create a life that is set up to create art. And in that vein, I’m on day one of a week long experiment. If my goal is to paint every day and exercise every day (because again, the latter helps the former) then I have to do it right when I get up. That is the only way I can guarantee it will happen.
I’m best in mornings. That however is not to say that I am a morning person. I am only a morning person if I have gotten 9 hours of sleep before that morning starts. And because I do a lot of work from home, there is no external force saying I have to be at a desk by 8:30AM, which means when I wake up at 10, I start the day overwhelmed by the pull of paid work and paid deadlines. My promises of art and exercise later rarely come to fruition.
So for me, it all starts the night before. I have to go to bed early enough that I get enough sleep so that I wake up early enough so that I actually exercise and work in my studio first thing.
Image note: In progress from this week's studio time.
This article popped up on my, and everyone else's, Facebook feed, yesterday. It’s a call for us to stop setting goals but to instead focus on creating the lifestyle that will help us reach those goals. For example, instead of saying, “My goal is to learn to paint,” I would say, “I want to paint everyday.”
This falls in line a bit with how I already wanted to approach goals this year. I’m calling them goals as shorthand for whatever falls under that big umbrella.
This year my goals surround a bigger mission of living a life that supports creativity. However that is a post for another day, but for now:
Brain to self: I like this painting. Now panic.
For me, and I imagine many other people learning to paint, there is an outer struggle and then there is the inner struggle. The outer struggle is how to draw the curve of the nose or how much medium you need to add to paint so that it has intensity but doesn’t obliterate all things underneath.
(Official 2014 Resolutions come later.)
I need a fake clock somewhere on my blog where I can keep track of how many hours I spend drawing or painting. Today I would have logged 4-5.
A few things I learned right off the bat:
I should draw between drying layers. It helps distract me for a moment, and it gets me drawing.
New work from today. See the steps after the jump. I tried to make sure that I stopped worrying about the product and focused on the process. That meant that I pushed myself beyond a few comfortable stages and learned a bunch on the way. I would feel better about the piece if I had stopped a bit earlier, but I'm glad I forced my way through. Now onto a second piece to use some of what I learned...chiefly to start with a background that already has paint on it.