This morning I just pressed the button and signed up for an 8 week class at The Potters’ Studio!!
This is totally outside of my comfort zone but I’m excited to learn something new and to just have the freedom to play!! I’ve had clay on my mind ever since I tried to do the kick wheel at Family Camp. This will be a 3 hour class on Friday mornings. A really nice chunk of time to sink in and learn, though I have to admit, I kind of feel like i’ll be playing hookie. BUT what a great way to invite in creativity before the weekend! I’ll be learning wheel throwing and handbuilding and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands dirty and having fun!!
This is week 2 of implementing my new routine. I spent the first part of the morning at the cafe roughing out what I want my ideal weekly schedule to look like. It still need a bit more tweaking, but at least it’s a start. And then I got down to business and starting drawing. It’s a little sneek peak of what’s brewing for my next art collection :-)
It was actually a really productive morning. I didn’t do much dawdling and just got to it. What was funny/interesting, is that there was another person in the cafe that was also sketching. And I noticed that, the minute she picked up her iphone to check her messages, she was done for! Shortly after she packed up her things and left. (Gosh, I felt her pain. That was me last week.)
Note to Self: Leave the iphone out of sight and don’t check it until drawing time is over.
I’ve been daydreaming about this idyllic schedule since before I left the day job. And it’s suppose to go something like this:
6:45 the alarm goes off and by 7:30 I’m up and moving…getting my daughter dressed and out of the house by 8 and arriving at daycare/camp/school by 8:30 (And with a strong-willed 5yr old this is an accomplishment in itself). At 9am my creative morning begins at the cafe of my choice. I spend 2 hours with a pot of tea by my side drawing, where the ideas start flowing the moment I put pencil to paper.
Well, up until this point it has only been an imaginary idea in my head. I’m still up to my elbows in Surtex follow-up, but decided that this week I would at least try to introduce some of these creative rituals and habits into my daily morning routine. I was able to attempt this schedule twice this week, and let me tell you it took me some serious time to actually settle in and start drawing. I was feeling anxious and rusty. I spent the first chunk of time procrastinating checking my email, twitter and facebook messages on my iphone. And then once I actually started drawing I intermittently checked the clock, even thought I had the alarm set. Sheesh!
I’m hoping that as soon as this starts to become second nature the anxiety will dissipate and I will quickly lose myself in my drawing. So, how many times do you have to repeat something before it becomes automatic & second nature? I heard everything from 21-66 days. My fingers are crossed that I’ll be able to get into a grove in a month or so making it easier to enter into “the zone” each and every morning.
If you want to learn more about creative habits and rituals pick up a copy of Twyla Tharp The Creative Habit I’m almost finished reading it and it’s been very insightful.