Habits need nurturing to stick and creative routines are no exception. It took me so long to make painting a priority. I mastered quilting and photography, even Photoshop. But painting, even though I wanted it as part of my life, I procrastinated for decades. I’m not sure what changed, perhaps thinking about retirement down the road and what did that look like? In my daydreams I was always painting. So there it was… the priority scales tipped in watercolour’s favour. I haven’t looked back, my learning journey is in it’s infancy and its beyond exciting.
Whether you work a fulltime job or creating is your full time job you have to get really selfish with your time to persue your art. Whether it’s painting, writing or woodworking, you have to carve out space and then lock it down. Once you lock down the time then you still have stay focused when the whole world wants you to look at them, talk to them, surf them.
Creative Naked Calestenics ?
Most creative people have habits, some of them out of the ordinary. Mason Currey’s book, “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work“, highlights 161 artists, composers, writers, philosophers, mathematicians, scientists and their creative routines.
Frank Kafka… “promoted to the position of chief clerk at the Workers’ Accident Insurance Institute, he was now on the one-shift system, 8:30 AM until 2:30 PM. And then what? Lunch until 3:30, then sleep until 7:30, then exercises, then a family dinner. After which he started work around 11 PM”… and then “depending on my strength, inclination, and luck, until one, two, or three o’clock, once even till six in the morning.” One only needs to read, “The Metamorphosis” to understand.
It’s inspiring and energizing to hear how other creative people get the work done, even if it is massive coffee drinking or naked calestenics.