what's your creative habit?

I admire the effortless ease of how my daughters paint...

All they need is paper, water, a paint box and they are ready to go without any inhibitions about what to make or if this will fit into their "body of work." They don't think about creating, they simply do it!

I've been reading The Creative Habit, by renowned New York choreographer Twyla Tharp, in which she discusses how discipline and hard work are at the core of creating consistently. Twyla studied art history before becoming a professional dancer, and she shares her great knowledge of the methods and routines used by Mozart, Beethoven, Rembrandt, Martha Graham, and many other historically important composers, dancers, writers, and visual artists. 

Twyla is tough, and gets up every morning at 5:30 am to catch a cab in Manhattan, go straight to the gym, and work out for 2 hours before having her breakfast of one cup of coffee and 3 hard-boiled egg whites. Then she starts to work with her dancers, comes home in the evening for a quiet dinner, reading, and bed. Every day. Yes, I'm impressed by her discipline. But my life is extremely different.

I have two small children, and a husband, and other responsibilities to which I gladly devote my time. I love my family, I love taking time to notice the fall leaves, read, wander in the park - and make artwork.

Sometimes I do feel that I spend too much time here

and not enough time here. 

I'd like for that to be more balanced.

A new project I'm working on has me doing lots of writing, which I also enjoy and is definitely a creative activity - but I find it frustrating not to have a lot of completed new artwork to show right now.

I'll be sharing more about my "writing project" with you next week, and I will be starting several small scale collages as well. Maybe it would help if I got up at 5:30 am every day? But I'm such a night owl, that would truly be a challenge for me!

What's your creative habit? How do you get into your creative groove?


p.s. - I'm delighted to be participating in the Poppytalk Handmade Market again this month. I'd love for you to come by and visit my table here.