As any artist can relate, the family routine and responsibilities plays havoc on the artist’s precious paint time. Often it is necessary for the artist to put herself and her paint time last to keep life flowing smoothly for others. However, there comes a time when one has to say “No! It is time to paint!”
A fact that has been running repeatedly in my brain:
It takes 21 days to create a habit.
The truth of the matter is this: because ART is the individual expression of oneself, lectures, teachers, or books cannot teach us art. They can teach the elements and principles of art. They can show us fine art pieces and introduce the Old Masters. However, to create art, the individual expression of oneself, the artist needs to paint! This means practice, practice, and practice! This means paint, paint, and paint!
I started my new habit yesterday. It was a blessed one-hour painting session on two partly begun paintings. The thrill in my heart as I took those important minutes to view what I had accomplished encouraged me to continue. I must add that I will honor the Lord by taking Sabbath days off. I will count 21 painting days in a row minus Sabbath days. On every day, other than Sabbath days, I am determined to paint! It is time to create a new habit! 21 days – can I accomplish this? With the Lord’s help, I am going to do it!