Earlier this week I was a bit out of sorts. My to-do list was long, I was thinking/worried about a few important people in my life, I wanted more time to just paint, etc., etc. So I went to bed on Tuesday night determined to wake up early and get some quick sketchbook painting in. Before checking emails, before checking my blog feed, before anything. I decided to paint in my sketchbook so nothing would feel overly precious or precise. So I would just paint.
I painted quickly. I didn't think too hard. I just got something on the page.
And everything totally shifted.
It's really amazing what a quick bit of painting (or insert any creative endeavor) can do when you are doing it just for its own sake - for the process, not the outcome.
It's likely not a coincidence that end result -- the flower painting above -- turned out to be one of my favorite recent paintings.
But most importantly, it was exactly what I needed. Perhaps I need to start off more days this way. :)