I have a wonderful personal library. It is full of my very favorite companions. Because I started as a painter later in life, I prepared for that transition by reading books, blogs, and articles. Once a week, I will share many of these. Perhaps one of the best is Twyla Tharp’s "The Creative Habit Learn It And Use it For Life" (link:)
Early in the book she writes “ ….I’ve learned that being creative is a full-time job with its own daily patterns. …They might set a goal for themselves-...but the real secret is that they do this every day. In other words, they are disciplined. Over time, as the daily routines become second nature, discipline morphs into habit."
It’s the same for any creative individual, whether it’s a painter finding his way each morning to the easel, or a medical researcher returning daily to the laboratory. The routine is a s much a part of the creative process as the lightening bolt of inspiration, maybe more......
Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.”
“It takes skill to bring something you’ve imagined into the world…..to select the colors and textures of paint to represent a haystack at sunset…..”
“If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge.”
I will return to this book with some examples of her exercises but by then, you may have already read this book yourself.
This week, I am painting warm things with lots of color. This is #1/4