It’s gotten a bit dusty and cobwebby around here!
I have a confession to make: I’ve been hanging out with my old nemesis, Burnout, for way too long. I won’t go into the gory details, but I went for too many months not writing or doing anything particularly creative. I was in survival mode.
But that’s not why I’m back. About six months ago, I stumbled upon mixed media art and started goofing off with paint and ink and collage and whatever else I could get my hands on.
Between you and me, I was procrastinating on Pinterest. I had another deadline looming, several projects in various stages of crisis, and was too exhausted to deal with any of it. But I noticed something really interesting. While I was painting, I wasn’t stressing about deadlines. I forgot all about the stuff I had to write and edit.
Art Beats Burnout
After an hour at the art table, my mind was clear and focused, and I was able to write easily – just like old times, when the words flowed out faster than I could type them.
So I tried again a few days later, and got the same results. Somehow, making art short-circuited the daily, sometimes hourly panic attacks I’d just gotten used to.
Even though I’ve realized how unbelievably healthy a daily art practice is for me, and how spending that hour every day actually helps me be more productive, I’m still struggling with the discipline of giving myself that art time.
Daily Painting Challenge
Last weekend, I signed up for an amazing mixed media class called “Ever After” hosted by Tamara LaPorte of Willowing Arts, and have begun working through “The Oil Painting Course You’ve Always Wanted” by Kathleen Staiger.
I’m basically embarking on a self-guided MFA program, along with a daily painting challenge. EEK! I’ll be posting my progress here. Some days I’ll post a painting or a painting in progress. Other days it will be a photograph or a sketch that I plan to paint from. The important thing is to create every single day. Hold me to it!
Here’s today’s image – a still life composition I plan to paint in oils. I’ll see you tomorrow!