Today in the studio…. I kept taking snaps of my my work table. Using the whole surface as my palette. That’s just one little edge of my table in the photo above.
This week I’m at a painting retreat for five days in Sedona, Arizona. We’re painting the figure.
We just had models for two whole days. I’ve never even taken a formal figure drawing OR painting technique course before.
I did work as a life drawing model for all the art schools in Chicago while I attended music conservatory. So I know something about that from the model’s point of view.
Here I am. Facing page after blank page. Daring to attack the paper. Not giving in to the voices in my head that say doubt-inducing things.
It is having a regular creative practice that enables me to do all of this.
To go to the edge and beyond of my comfort zone.
To dare to face the blank page and make my mark.
To keep trying to paint and draw something I’ve never seen before.
To keep my heart open and bigger than the critical mind.
To fall in love with the act of creating…over and over again.
There is so much I am taking away from this experience that I want to share with you.
I’m here with one of my best friends – and we are making all sorts of creative pacts and accountability measures to keep the momentum moving in this inspired and on fire direction.
Also, there is a certain someone I want to introduce to you. My new painting mentor, Robert Burridge. The person I feel I can finally apprentice myself to after not having a teacher (in any discipline I practice: creativity or meditation or writing) for over a decade.
Paint the way a dog goes after a bone… is some of the instruction that we got today.
Really go after it! Attack the paper!
For now, wherever you are, and whatever creative challenge you are facing, I dare you to just make your mark, use up your good paper and paint and pens, and give it everything you’ve got.
This is your moment.
Be bold and proceed.