Today I painted even though I didn’t feel like it. The reason? This blog. The looming deadline acted as a spark and ignited my painting soul. And I realized how important it is to paint even when you don’t feel like it.
Painting isn’t easy.
Being creative isn’t easy.
It’s damn hard work in fact. And because it’s hard work, sometimes we just don’t do it!
Those who don’t create usually don’t understand how difficult painting is. It’s all, “What fun it must be to spend time all day painting” and “How lucky you are to spend time painting.” True for sure, but you just know the way it’s being said that those speakers think it’s an easy, laadeedah thing you’re doing.
Today I painted. It was a struggle to face up to it and get started, but once I got going, my creative soul flew. You know that experience, that awesome place we creatives move into once we’re rolling, and that’s the reason you should paint even when you don’t feel like it.
Most people aren’t privileged to feel that flow, that zone, unless they’re in the space we’re in. We are soooo lucky! And in that place of no time, of no reality, we move our art forward, we learn, we grow. Even if the work itself looks like you-know-what, we still have immersed ourselves in the creative pool and there’s nothing like it. And that’s why you should paint even when you don’t feel like it.
When you paint on a regular basis, you develop the habit and that habit will keep you at it whether you’re in the mood or not. It’s like going to gym. Somedays, I really don’t feel like going but I remember how good I feel afterwards and the habit takes over and I show up. And always, ALWAYS, I’m happy I did. The same goes for painting. And that’s why you should paint even when you don’t feel like it.
Get my drift?
And with that, let’s take a look at what I did today. I sat outside on the porch and painted some gerberas in a pot.
So there we are!! Another day, another pastel. Yeah. Feeling good!
I keep thinking about doing a 30 in 30 (30 paintings in 30 days). I know Leslie Saeta’s challenge happens in September but I never seem to be ready for that in time. I’m contemplating October. Maybe November. Anyone want to join me?? This is about painting ie. getting the habit going so you can paint even when you don’t feel like it. What do you say?
As always, I’d L O V E to hear from you so please do leave a comment.
All for now!
PS. The day was so beautiful, I just HAD to paint outside!!