November 1, 2010

Early Morning Club

A few weeks ago, artist Robert Genn wrote about the importance of scheduling creative endeavors first thing in the morning..."The minute you awaken, proceed like a zombie to your studio. Before your kettle has boiled, before you have checked your email, squeeze out and prepare your palette..."
I find that I am really drawn to those fleeting moments before the first light of day, before the phone rings and doorbell demands our attention; before the world sweeps us off our feet and hurls us in a new direction. I love that magic hour when all is quiet (including our minds) and the muses are beckoning. Glancing out at the stars or, on this particular morning, witnessing the beautiful crescent moon, we are encouraged to face the blank page without judgment. Detached from "outcome" we are free to practice "process" before our inner critic awakens.

While I may not post all my efforts, I think I would like to to "join" the Early Morning Club with the intention of sharpening my drawing skills; perhaps rendering studies in paint as well as charcoal, pastels, pencils, markers. We will see. I may make it up as I go along, because after all, waking up before dawn is easy, and I've already "mastered" the part where I am expected to proceed like a zombie... So, the way I see it, I'm already halfway there; why not crank out a few sketches, too? Come on and join our virtual "club"!
"The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you...

Don't go back to sleep, don't go back to sleep"...Rumi

8 x 16, oil on canvas
"Sunday in the Park"
I saw this very tall, lovely girl reading her book in the park, and couldn't wait to paint her. The best models are just everyday people being themselves. (click painting to enlarge)


Linda Popple said...

Very nice - her hair is lovely and the bike is well done!

Marian Fortunati said...

Love the painting (again) and as always I so enjoy your thoughts and the quotes you always manage to find.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

I too love the early mornings. Most of my life I've been a morning person, as each day passes I enjoy it more than ever. Your 'early morning club' sounds delightful.

Tracy said...

I've started doing the same around the time of that same Genn post. Puts me in the best frame of mind for the rest of my day!
(Elegant painting!)

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I am SO NOT an early riser and I wish I were programmed that way.
Wonder if I could get hypnotized :D