I first started painting 22 years ago. From the beginning, I designated the early morning hours as my sacred creative time. I’d get up, grab a cup of coffee, write my Morning Pages, and then head for the studio. Once there I’d listen and look at the work for awhile, until it was clear which painting was my date for session.
That practice left my creative time pure. I didn’t check my email, phone, or fax messages, until I was through. It was a very productive and spiritual phase of my life. I rarely let outside influences drive when I got out to the studio, or how I created.
Four years ago, I had the opportunity to have a lovely studio downtown, and I jumped on it! The space was wonderful, and I loved that I could teach there, and that it was easy for folks to drop by for a visit. It was also nice to get some measure of separation between work and home.
My biggest challenge with having a studio outside of the home, was that I wake up early. (Between 4-5 dark hundred every day… no matter when I go to bed.)
And though I wake up early, I did not want to get ready and head for drive to the studio at that time of day. So, to keep my productivity up, I rearranged my schedule. I’d get on the computer, answer emails, put in social media time, and then arrive at the studio around 8:30.
Once there, it would take me until about 9:00 to settle in but by then, my muses were on to other things. It was hard to get started.
As for the rest of the day… typically, I’d spend the mid-day on business, and the late afternoon on songwriting. (I’m so grateful my music muses are on a different schedule from my painting muses!)
Recently, I went back to putting myself first. No electronics of any sort until after I’ve painted. Wow! What a difference. It feels like I’m starting my day with a prayer.
And I am…
How do you keep your creativity sacred? I’d love to hear what works for you…