Today I was impressed with myself because all the little things on the to-do list were done. I've been working on it. Another week and my new job begins. All that thinking-things time must become useful-doing-and-accomplishing-tasks time. Babies need attention and thinking isn't going to help when they need a diaper change! So yes, I'm working on it.
Today I planned the route of all my stops and crossed each item off today's short list as I finished. Last on the list was this entry:
"Paint for twenty minutes."That's exactly what I did, too. Why waste time thinking about it, just get it together and Do It! The important part of it was that I had the idea and a plan. The tools and subject were in my head (thinking again).
I read a blog called The Twenty Minute Challenge by artist Teri Casper. Some of my blog/artist friends were posting there and I decided to take a look. Talk about not wasting time! This idea of spending only twenty minutes on a painting resonated with me. After the times I spent at the beach this summer and painting a quick painting, I came to realize two things:
- I very much enjoy painting from life rather than from a photo.
- I think I painted a better work in a short amount of time.
As I said I had a plan. A task in The Artist's Way was to take a walk and collect different leaves representing a sense of abundance and fulfillment. The theme at The Twenty Minute Challenge was Autumn. I added two plus two together and got a painting out of it! The rocks were out, I found the leaves I had pressed in the Morning Pages notebook, took out the trusty travel watercolor set and went at it. And twenty, perfect minutes later I had painted a small still life and was happy about it too.
|Dry Leaves (c)2010 DST 7x10 Watercolor|