Monday, August 12, 2013
Every day creativity
I have been thinking a lot lately about my creative practices. I'm not very disciplined, really -- I don't march myself off to my sewing room each morning at 9am, nor do I have a detailed list of creative goals that I track with subtasks and checklists and such. But even while I'm loose about these matters, I do try to make time for something creative every day. That's goal #1.
Lately I have been breaking up my errands with stops around town to sketch. I am surprised at what I can do in 20 minutes, actually, and I often end up thinking that I do better if I have less time, as when I take more time I start to over work the watercolors.
Today, I ran my errands and then parked my car across the street from this house which I've always liked. I used to drive by it every day taking Miss C to elementary school, but now I'm in that neighborhood less often. I enjoyed a very pleasant hour sketching and painting and this time I didn't spill the watercolor water into my cup holder, which I did last week.
A side benefit of this new practice is that when I'm out and around, I look at things as drawing and painting subjects in a way I didn't before. (It's like when you're focused on machine quilting, and everything you see could be a quilting design.) I'm noticing all sorts of new things in the place I've lived for years.