"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.
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.....