Over the years, I’ve been so inspired by other artists who have incorporated daily practices into their daily routines. When I turned 36 this past November, I decided to do a daily painting exercise. My intention was to have fun with it, explore more with marks and pattern, and to push myself to try new things.
I read this interesting little book while I was visiting my family in Florida over Thanksgiving, “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” by Mason Currey. The daily lives of artists and creatives of all types (painters, writers, musicians, mathematicians) were outlined. Many took daily walks, they slept few hours, some were tormented, some were refreshingly happy, it truly varied. (Note for perspective: Many of these artists, though not all, had maids, childcare, benefactors, etc.)
So I started posting my daily painting exercises on Instagram (my favorite social media) with the hashtag #paintcadadía. Cada día means “each day” in Spanish. It is a reminder to paint, but also that daily practice can make a big difference. I don’t speak Spanish fluently, but I understood way more when was practicing daily a few years ago with a tutor.
It has been four months since I started this journey. While I think that daily practice is amazing, and would recommend it for anyone, frankly, I am flagging.
But that is okay. I have a full time job. I have a two year old boy that I am the primary caregiver to due to my husband’s work schedule. I have to go to the laundromat. I have to cook. I want to draw more, but I cannot do everything I want all the time. At least not while maintaining my sanity and being present for my son, which is my most important priority right now.
What is that great quote? “You can do anything, but not everything.” Continue reading