If you subscribe to my newsletter then you already know that this week I asked you to email me some questions. Thank you to all that did. You have great questions! I'm going to break it up into two posts and that way if you haven't responded, you still have time. I'll post part 2 on Friday. I'll also post the winner who will get one of my paintings, so hurry. Now onto the questions...
How do you find your inspiring links?
I read A LOT of blogs, like more than I want to take the time to count. I use bloglovin to keep track of them. I follow interesting people on social media who share cool stuff and don't annoy me. When I run across something, I send it to my pocket app to read and look at more carefully later. When I write my newsletter I curate those links and try to only share my top 3-5 or so. Here's a few that I often steal from....
Now I'm going to have to get busy cause if you check out those three, you'll have seen all the links I have saved for next week's newsletter.
How much time do you spend reading information provided by other people? (balance between creating and "other activities")
One of my goals is to create more than I consume. I haven't actually timed it but I feel like I'm moving in the right direction. For me, reading blogs and links like I talk about above is consuming. Reading books like my fifty reads, is filling the well and perfectly ok.
I try to really separate the activities. I create mostly in the morning. I try not to consume much other than Instagram before then. I consume mostly in the afternoon/evenings. And I read at night.
Sketchbook - do you carry one with you everywhere? Or do you do all your creating at home before lunch?
No, this year I have barely even kept a sketchbook. :( I do carry my notebook in my purse but that's more for ideas than sketches. In fact I started carrying two-- a planner and a notebook.
As much as I love my sketchbooks from last year, there were many times that I was disappointed that I couldn't frame something up or more easily use it in other ways. So this year everything is on canvas or paper from the beginning just in case it turns out.
What do you do on the days when you just can't think of anything to paint?
just paint. I select 3 colors + white, start mixing with the palette knife, and push paint around. This year, one of my goals was to work more intuitively so I often don't have anything specific in mind when I start painting.
This was a much bigger problem for me last year when I was drawing. I always kept a stack of library books on the table for reference. Or I would just start with circles. Make patterns. Ask my kids for ideas. It also really helps to work in a series. I've worked on American presidents, dogs, strong women, flowers, 12 days of Christmas. etc. That helps to take the pressure off, you just do another in the series.
I just want to know what your typical day is like, you know, after you paint--what do you do for the rest of the day? :)
ha! Well I homeschool my 9 year old. Three days a week I chauffeur my 5 year old to and from preschool. I do laundry and dishes. I write blog posts. I cook. I run A LOT of errands it seems. Today after my painting and post, I'm taking my kids to the park for a picnic and cleaning out the garage. Exciting stuff!