Day 28: Art Resolutions: Forcing the habit

Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year. Welcome to day 28.

This morning I’m reminded that life is more habit and discipline than flow. That anything we force into a routine, no matter how elevated the purpose, becomes tedious or difficult on some level at some point in time. Today, my sinuses still ache and I’m already intellectually spent from two demanding days at work. The bed was warm and I was comfortable at 6am. Getting up to face the day did not feel like an exercise in creativity, but a time worn drill. I had no inspiring thoughts about an artistic subject and many excuses for waiting until later…BUT, the act of beginning changed all of that.

Like a writer with a mental block, I found my smallest sketchbook…focused on my coffee cup and looked for a setting with good light contrast…and began. Bit by bit, I started losing myself in the problem solving, the creative decisions, the questions of scope. As I came closer to finishing, I had a new sense of empowerment for having done it and new artistic insights. When people ask why I would undertake a yearlong commitment, these are the small accomplishments that I hope to achieve. These are the tiny ways I change myself every day.

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About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Day 28: Art Resolutions: Forcing the habit

  1. Judy says:

    When David Hockney was a student, he painted on the headboard of his bed “GET UP AND WORK IMMEDIATELY.” Look where it got HIM!

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