This is a very interesting topic ! How we live our artistic day? How we manage to live this passion ?
Teaching art, mainly to adults, I am happy when my students catch this creative virus and begin to see as painters around them and think about their painting throughout their busy day even when falling asleep. It changes their life, opens their eyes and helps some of them to go throught difficult times. I think what matters is to be in the “art mode”, no matter if we paint an oil « masterpiece », a quick watercolor sketch or doing a decorative work at home. I wish everyone to be in “art mode”, no matter what expression we choose, visual art, music, writing, … the world would be much better around us.
To come back to this topic and as for me, I am thinking «painting» all day long like all you do. We are all in the same boat and terribly need to express ourselves this way. Aside my demos as art teacher, I make small sketches every day because it is always possible to find a few minutes to scribble at least, and I paint as often as I can, between classes, on weekends, switching between small and larger oil paintings and watercolors. If I could not take a pencil during the day I feel really bad like missing an important thing. This is what I tell to my students, try to sketch every day, at least a few minutes, no matter the subject. But I do not care any more of production, goals… At the beginning when I registered on this site I set myself the goal of doing a small finished painting every day to be a true daily painter. And posting, posting posting, as often as possible. But very quickly I understood that I cannot do so and I was feeling upset about it for a while. Thinking further, I understood that there is no need to impose a daily production of a finished painting because basically for me this is not the meaning of painting, whatever the name we give to it. And who cares about our production if not ourselves ? Finally daily sketching, painting, decorating, looking for inspiration, photographing, going to exhibitions, looking on art on web, learning, even doubting and stopping for a while, whatever, but persevere, all these things are, at my feeling, the essence of our own artist’s journey.