After writing the Morning Pages and finishing my coffee (yum!), I typically allot some time to review new emails and clean up my inbox. If anything requires immediate attention, I get it out of the way to free up the rest of the day. Then I decide where I’ll spend some time being creative. I am very lenient in defining creativity. Sometimes I’m just not up to a major artistic endeavor. On those days, I try to at least read something of a creative nature – read a blog, a review, a book on creativity or maybe watch just one session of an on-line course. I have been a big fan of online courses for multiple reasons: They are convenient to my schedule and always ready. They are available for nearly all types of mediums and creative processes. They are accessible to anyone, anywhere as long as internet is available and can even be downloaded for times the internet is down. They were especially valuable during this past year in the pandemic. Since I live in a rural area with limited opportunities, they are vital to my creative process. Many are also free (think Youtube). These are some of my favorites:
Art Tutor https://www.arttutor.com/
Udemy (they offer a variety of courses -not just art) https://www.udemy.com/
Kara Bullock Art (she offers many free lessons, mainly portraits) https://karabullockart.com
Craftsy (right now you can get a full year of lessons in a variety of topics for $3.00) https://www.craftsy.com/
Tim Gagnon Studio (he offers a free landscape painting lesson at http://www.timgagnon.com/free-painting-lesson-in-acrylic/?fbclid=IwAR2i0MU3h77griiz7rq2uSeelrKpc4Waf5rRJaPrdLKT-TolZoMexCWfjXY
Willowing Arts (she offers a free class if you join her site) https://www.willowing.org/
I also typically have at least two projects in various stages of completion. Right now I have four! That way, if I get bored or stuck with one, I can move to the next one.
I also have a practical side. Today, for instance, is devoted to housecleaning. Unfortunately, when I clean my studio, I tend to not want to mess it up again for a while. To that end, I have a small mixed-media piece I can work on without making too big a mess. I can use a paper plate for a palate and toss it when done.