Friday, December 27, 2019

Play -- even if you're tired

This is how it looked tonight when I
started a little double watercolour sketch.
So much fun.  
I am reading a little book on creativity.  I'll tell you about it
when I finish it and decide whether or not I think it's
good enough to share.  But it is wrestling with the idea
of how creativity works, and a big point the book makes
is that you make it work.  In other words we artists have
to quit worrying and do something, if we want to have work
we can be proud of.

And the idea of play is hugely emphasized in this and every
other book I've read on creativity.  I didn't have much time to
myself today.  But I took some time tonight when everyone
else was in bed to just think about beginning a painting.
I started a sketch, and started painting it in.  Got to the "that
part has to dry" stage in a watercolour and thought, "Call
it a night and write your blog."

So here I am.  And I feel so happy that I let myself paint.
The two easy buttons are there because a young friend
was making them speak together today, and left them on the
table.  They are funny.

So "That was easy!"  Have a doing your heart's work day.

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