I've just arrived in the Washington, DC, suburbs for my sister's wedding! The wedding is not until May 7th, so I have some time to enjoy the DC area and visit with my family and friends. I also wanted to make sure I got some painting in, too, so one of the first things I did was search around for a canvas and dig out my paints.
I found a solitary canvas in the basement (the last blank one!!) and the paints I left here, and started painting some giraffes. It feels good to keep up the routine of daily painting—it's like going to the gym, an endorphin high that leaves you feeling you have accomplished something that day.
I read in "Making a Literary Life" by Carolyn See that one has to treat writing like an addiction, and one has to feed the addiction to see it come to fruition. I strive to translate the concept to my writing as well as my painting. For the record, books on writing and the writing life are an incredible resource for anyone making a life of creativity. Just reading the suggestions, advice, and guidance of the authors helps put things in perspective, motivate you for projects, and prepare you to make the most out of your opportunities and time.
I'll have to get more canvases. The only downside of being an artist is that you end up with stacks of paintings everywhere! And, if you're like me, paint on everything.