This week I am listening in to The Right-Brainers in Business Video Summit. The first speaker was Lisa Congdon. Her Line Drawing class at Creativebug really threw on lights for me. It was the beginning of a near-daily art practice that has brought me so much joy and satisfaction.
Through Wednesday you can subscribe + see Lisa’s interview for free. I transcribed a little of her interview. Here she’s describing her life as a working artist, but much of what she says applies equally to the fine art of homeschooling:
Imagine the perfect day, and work backwards to get the nitty gritty action steps.
What are the stimuli that make me feel happy + productive? Like my favorite tea or my favorite music or I make sure I’m in a comfortable place, working in good light, surrounded by a beautiful environment. I change things up. I go to a cafe to work, I go to my studio, I work from home.
I also think it’s important to remember that there’s only so much you can accomplish in a day. If all you’re doing is focusing on work, you are going to burnout.
I used to think that eventually, someday I’d wake up and figure out the perfect formula for my life. I’d know exactly what to say yes to + what to say no to so I’d have the perfect amount of work with the perfect pay + the perfect amount of free time + I’d have plenty of time to finish my work + I’d never feel stressed out. And I realized that that is just never going to happen.
When Danny Gregory interviewed Melissa Wiley, she mentioned Lisa Congdon’s year long exploration of hand-lettering. Here was a skill that she wanted to improve, so she hand-lettered a quote every day for a year + shared it on her blog. Melissa called it Learning in Public. A lovely aside: as I was clicking around, reading about Lisa Congdon, I came across her hand-lettering of Sister Corita’s Rules for Learning + Life…which of course reminded me of our trip to see Sister Corita’s hand-lettering work!
This year, one of my Lenten practices is drawing every day. For the first half of Lent I drew on the pamphlet that came with my Moleskine. All of these drawings were done first in non-photo blue pencil, then inked with 05 Microns in a variety of colors. The top photo shows my favorite drawing. I colored a rainbow using Neocolors, then drew a Japanese fairy on another page. The pressure on the Neocolors made this rainbow print! I love peeking into other people’s sketchbooks, so I’m sharing these photos too…even though there seems to be a pterodactyl in that pelican’s nest–she really is merciful!