If you missed part 1 of this Q and A series, go here. And onto the rest of your questions...
When do you find yourself feeling most inspired? I’ve read that getting out and doing (artist dates) has been part of your process.
yes! The more 'other' stuff I do, the more inspired I feel. Artist dates are good but really since I'm such a homebody just getting out of the house for anything other than groceries or errands will do for me. I think I'm most inspired after short trips or even day trips somewhere. Getting outside for a hike or camping always does the trick too.
Will you share the ways you use to get yourself going when you feel bored?
I'm not sure that I ever feel bored. I have a huge list of stuff that I want to work on. I sometimes feel...well the way I describe it is "in a funk." When that happens cleaning, purging, organizing, rearranging furniture, that kind of stuff always helps me.
Do you involve your children in your creative habits and if yes, how? Have you noticed a change in their creativity since you started a year of creative habits?
I would say my children involve me in their creative habits. It was while sorting my daughter's artwork that this idea to do something daily began, to work in a way more like her. My kids notice and are interested in my artwork but they aren't really involved in it. They have their own projects and I think we fuel and inspire each other. Lately my son has been writing a poem a day, at least on school days. That was completely his idea. My daughter continues to draw on paper, boxes, shower doors, everywhere. Today she and I are working with clay.
Who are your favorite writers?
ugh. That's like asking me my favorite painter or my favorite color! It's impossible to choose one and my favorites are always changing. I guess I'd have to go with the authors that I've read all or most of their books. Over the years, that's been Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, J.K. Rowling, Anna Quindlen, Lisa Genova, and John Green. I feel like I should say Steinbeck or Hemingway but that's not really me.
And do you find that all the reading you do informs your art? Do you ever draw inspiration from what you read?
Yes and no. I don't think anything I do is directly related to any story or fiction book I've read. Reading fiction is just another way of letting go for me, letting my thoughts go down a different path and then see what comes of it.
I have been really inspired by some of the non-fiction that I've read. Many books have changed my approach to my art and my process. I've kept a list of the books that have helped me at one time or another here.
Thanks to everyone that sent me questions. This was really fun and gave me lots to think about. Maybe I'll do it again in a few months. In the meantime, I need to announce who's getting the painting along with a few other goodies I've rounded up....