30 Days of Unfurling - Day 18: Creating a Life You Love

Today was a sweet and happy day. I was reminded of how lucky I am to be living this creative life. You need days like this, because some days I feel completely the opposite and question why I left the security of a day job. But not today.

This morning I dropped my car off to have a faulty airbag replaced. It was an excuse to walk to a café and spend a couple of hours with yummy food, coffee and my notebook. I am saving up to buy a laptop so I can do more work from different locations but for today there was something super satisfying about pulling out my notebook and scrawling my ideas the old fashioned way.

 
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Once I started scrawling, I couldn't stop. It's funny how being in a different environment can really get the creative juices flowing. It's a bit like when you go on holidays and you have all that time to dream and plan. I drafted about five blog posts in the same time that I would normally write one post!

It got me thinking about how part of the joy of being an artist is not only being able to create artwork but also being able to create your own life. Choose our own rituals and rhythms. It's taking me a while to figure out how I work best but I'm starting to find my way. I'm using a digital calendar to block out studio time and admin time. And now I'm thinking of adding one morning a week where I work off-site. As much as I love being at home and truly I do, it's definitely good to get out and about. Also, today I wasn't wearing old paint-stained clothes. I've decided it's good for the self esteem to get dressed nicely at least a couple of times a week!

After I picked up my car, I picked up my husband and we went to another café, this time one where I display my work. Together we hung my latest painting, 'Fragile Beauty'. It always gives me a boost to see a painting in a place where it can be enjoyed. It took me quite a while to get good at finishing my paintings. I'd often lose motivation just at the very end and of course things like painting edges and varnishing paintings just aren't as thrilling as starting a new painting! But I've realised that completion feels good too and it's also a way to keep the perfection monster at bay.

 

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With the painting up, it was time to head home and collect my son from kindergarten! It was a day well spent and one that reminded me that it's not really about creating paintings, it's about creating a life that you love.

Back tomorrow and I've got some great blog posts brewing that I can't wait to share Xx