How do you recharge your battery? For me, it usually involves being around creative and self motivated people. I enjoy playing off their creativity and it fills my creative tank. The time together I call a “playdate”. It’s important to keep play the central component. It usually involves trying new tools (brushes, pens, paper, ink…) and new approach to seeing, drawing and painting.
So far I've had lots of opportunities to play. I participated in "Plein Air Los Angeles”, I’m getting out twice a week to paint with others on location and I attended a workshop with Iain Stewart. It’s fun to be the student and around someone I admire. Iain was in need of “playtime”, too. Before the workshop was over I shared some new ideas and gavehim drawing tools to play with. It’s nice when we can help others recharge. The playtime has fueled new energy back in the STUDIO. I’m beginning to feel a spring in my step (and brush). My creative tank is getting fuller.
It’s been a busy 2016 with lots of travel and teaching. I enjoy getting to see new faces and sharing the joy of creativity. I cherish getting to meet so many wonderful, inspiring people.
Before I start teaching workshops again in January I plan to use this precious time to rest, reconnect with friends, family AND recharge my creative battery.
What is your favorite creative play?