Paint Happy: Henry Miller’s Paris Notebook

Henry Miller Sketchbook Paris Diary

This image from Henry Miller’s Paris Notebooks is what is fueling my creative focus lately.

Created during the years 1932-1936, he documented everything he was working on: drawings, paintings, typed notes, ideas and resource material. Three volumes in total.

Makes me want to get out my watercolors – not my normal media for working in my sketchbooks.

paint on my hands = happy

Meanwhile, I’m switching things up a bit to paint first thing in the morning instead of write.

I’ve been on the computer so much with the editing of Sketchbooks, that getting my hands in paint is what my body, heart, and mind are craving.

I took a shot of this right before I cleaned up yesterday…as a reminder.

A nice effect of painting first thing: I kept going back to the paint table all day to add a little of this or that.

Henry Miller said, “Paint and you like and die happy.”


Pictured behind the Miller quote: one of my recent paintings (an extreme close-up of a section) in progress.

How about you?

Are you a writer who paints or takes photos? A visual artist who writes? A keeper of sketchbooks or journals? Do you write or work visually in your journals? Or both?

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