After I see my husband off to work and attend to all the responsibilities of animal care, feeding myself, and setting the house to rights, I turn my thoughts to my work. That's what I consider the time I devote in my studio each day to creative pursuits.
What might be considered play or trivial by some is Research and Development to me. Okay...it's play. *grin* I sort through and process photographs, write blog posts, and lately, I sit with my rainbow assortment of watercolour pencils and create illustrations. Some good. Some bad. All valuable.
I've gradually established a routine that takes advantage of my body's natural energy levels and the sun's track across the sky.
I've eased into a natural rhythm, incorporating ritual, that serves as a passage from one frame of mind to another. I begin by making a cup of my favourite Earl Gray green tea and it signals a softening around the edges of my busy mind. The transition continues as I rise the steps that lead to my studio and sit at my desk. Music set low in the background to match my mood - classical, jazz, blues. Before I turn to the tools of my craft, I light a soy candle lightly scented with vanilla and the process is complete, my mind is calm, I can begin.
There is one other thing that occurs. Every time I sit down at my desk and before I can focus on my current project, Luna demands an audience. She jumps up on the surface of my desk and monopolizes my attention. She alternately marks the corner of my computer with her cheek, chins my pen, bumps the hand that's holding my tea, and generally puts herself smack dab in the middle of the action.
What about you? Do you have a series of things you do to prepare for your best work? I'd love to hear.
These original watercolour illustrations are available to purchase here.