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4th studio session of new painting

Sometimes it’s hard to get into the studio. I don’t mean like “I have too much to do” or “There’s no inspiration” or “There’s a truck in the way and it’s on fire.” But there are often other obstacles that I am not in control of.

If I have too much to do, I make time. It’s important to let yourself have the time to do what you love, even if it’s just a few minutes.

If there’s no inspiration, that’s the perfect time to paint! Your most creative moments may come out of working through it and not being tied to an idea– YOU’RE FREE!! ENJOY IT! See what happens!

If there’s a truck on fire, well, get an extinguisher and call the fire department. I mean, yeah, that’s going to put a damper in the day but hopefully the fumes won’t be too bad.  Ok, this one will sting a little but you’ll bounce back.

5th studio session of new painting
where I really attacked it

The thing that’s always getting in the way for me is my health. I’m often dizzy, have a migraine, in pain somewhere in my body. Most of my days I just work through it, set a goal of keeping up appearances, and relish the moment I get to sit on the couch with my pup and a warm blanket. But I’ve got to get in the studio– again, it’s making time to do what I love. And the frustration/anxiety/pain/bliss-getting-through-it is what feeds those pieces. This week, I’ve dealt with power outages that made the studio way too cold to work in and dizziness/migraines/sciatica that just seemed like that truck on fire, barricading me from the studio.  But I still got in there. It did take some time. It took energy to push myself to do something I did not feel like doing. But I kept thinking of that moment when it gets better. When the pile transforms from something I don’t like and want to end, to something I’m happy living with. Then there’s the painting. 😉

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