"With freedom, books, the Moon and flowers, who could not be happy" Oscar Wilde
There is a lot of discussion on Morning rituals of Artists. Well, no wonder. How you start your day is how you run your life. If you have specific things that you do, then you probably have specific goals in life. Another thing that I have found is that I have control over how I deal with my day if I have control over my mornings.
So how do you handle your mornings? Hit the snooze button a few times, then run around getting ready for your day. Do you light a candle a meditate? Go to the gym? Is there anything you do to feed your creative self as well as your body?
I do wake up early, make my coffee, which happens to be the legendary bullet proof coffee with mct oil and a bit of ghee. It's supposed to feed your brain and my brain needs all the support it can get. I keep breakfast simple. This time of year oatmeal with fruit and nuts is my go to meal. It's that Scottish thing again.
I also meditate for 15 to 30 minutes using a phone app called Insight Timer. This usually provides the quiet time I need to hear my own thoughts and connect to the creative part of myself. It's probably the single most important thing I do every day. Then I make a beeline for the studio. Yes, I skip the dishes, the chores, unmade bed. Just throw on some acceptable clothes and lock myself in the studio for as long as I can. Two hours is optimum. No computer work. Just draw, paint, sketch, prep, create. It's that freedom thing that Oscar Wilde refers to.
I have to be honest, every single day does not look like this, but to the very best of my ability, it does and when it does, I am unstoppable at anything else that life throws at me. it's like vitamin Wonder Woman...and I am so very grateful for the blessing of creating.
I love circles. It's the sense of completeness. The sense of wholeness that makes a painting sing before I even start a sketch. This piece is a perfect example of breaking the circle. Pushing boundaries just for the fun of it. Painting a sea turtle or honu as they are known in Hawaii inside a big bubble seemed like a fun idea.
As the painting progressed, I saw that he needed more bubbles and maybe some waves. They like to play in the waves. So it was time to break that bubble with some nice swirling design. I used quite a bit of my mineral paints to get the rich textures in the water and on the turtle itself. Most were carefully layered to give me as much control as possible. I think the biggest disappointment beginner watercolorists experience is when they try to rush the process.
The best bet is to work several pieces at a time so one can dry while you play with another painting. This is also a good time to work on any practice pieces or sketches you have on the sidelines. Those always seem to fall into the sidelines, but they are perfect for working on while a wash dries on a major piece.
This guy was actually a birthday present for a dear friend who introduced me to honus in Maui. Birthday paintings are always appreciated by the friends and family who receive them. another great practice!
Have you ever felt like you're going in circles? Not in a bad way, but in a good way. Revisiting things you enjoyed from the past but lost track of? Like your favorite ice cream cone, or maybe floating in water...just floating. Or maybe you rediscovered how fun it is to ride a bike. Circling back to the joy you had in previous times can be rewarding. It's at least worth a try, don't you think?
So here I am back at my blog, back doing watercolors. Two lost loves I had forgotten about in the rush of busyness and rushing about. It feels good to flex those imagination muscles. To reach back, like a good long stretch and catch the joy of watching the flow of watercolors on the tip of my brush. Creative yoga of the soul.
Is there some little or perhaps larger joy that's slipped through your fingers? Do you need to circle back and explore those lovelies again. Give yourself permission to do so. You are the sum of your experiences, good and bad. Much better to focus on the joyful ones from your past to lead you into future happiness.
"The Sea Queen's Treasure is available on the New Paintings page. Just click on the image for more information
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Kathleen Barnes, Paintdiva
Art is my passport to a limitless journey. When I am not exploring my materials on a technical level, there is visual exploration before me. When that seems a bit thin, there is a deep calling from the realm of my imagination. Sometimes all three come together in a perfect storm. That storm, that combination of the real, the imagined and the very paint and canvas is what calls me daily, and I answer as much as I can.....