"You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine." ~ John C. Maxwell
I am quite happy with my life right now and wouldn't change anything except maybe to slow time a little. What's not to love?
No more leaving a warm bed at six o'clock in the morning, no more gulping down hot coffee while getting ready for work, no more rushing out the door with butterflies in my stomach to make it on time for the first bell.
I could go on but you get the picture. I have no daily routine to speak of, and that precious commodity, time, is mine at long last, to spend as I want.
And most days, painting is all I have wanted to do. Strange things have been happening.
My past acrylic paintings always morphed into a muddy mess.
Surprisingly, it didn't take long for the skin on this young girl to turn out really beautifully after I got past "the ugly stage". I found out that the secret was in limited colours, blending all the layers, and being patient.
Once I had her eyes painted, she seemed to be telling me that I could coax the rest of her out of hiding if only I came back to her the next day. All my other interests were neglected while I focused my efforts on this painting.
Here are a few images to show the progression from initial sketch, to undercoat, to shading (better known as the ugly stage), to blending, to adjusting, to defining important features. The old-fashioned velvet flower was painted last before the background was added.
Do I want to change my life? No.
Would I like more success in my art? Most definitely.
And so the secret to success perhaps does lie in changing my daily routine to include a chunk of time devoted exclusively to art.