Watercolour and marker
on Arches watercolour paper
6 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
My friend Melinda Esparza recently blogged about
a book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield,
which I have yet to read that talks about
showing up and doing the work. That doesn't mean
that painting is a slog and we don't want to do it.
It means that in the midst of all the things that can
pull us away from the paint, an artist feels better
when she/he honours the need to paint, and shows
up to do it.
At what could have been bedtime today, after
painting all day on a commission, I wanted to paint
for the blog. I want to show up here, and be present.
So I looked at what may be the very last Nasturtiums
in this lovely milk pitcher and started the drawing for
this watercolour. Immediately I was glad I did. The
flowers sang to me -- saying now, now, now. Today,
not tomorrow. The large burgundy blooms would wilt
in the morning. I knew this. So I got to work.
I am happy with the result and bonus -- have added to my
series. And now it is time to sleep. Let's honour that
Have a painting-more-and-sleeping-more day.