In the morning, when I get out of bed and begin to think about "today" and all its possibilities, I say to myself "If not now ... when?" That's how I run my life. There's so little time and so much to do that's fun and rewarding, so why put it off? What am I waiting for?
I apply this advice to my career as an artist all the time. It would be easy to procrastinate and not pursue opportunities to exhibit, or paint an idea, or do some research, etc. It would be easy to give into feelings of insecurity that inhibit creativity.It would be easy to find excuses not to go to the studio. But, how could that enhance my life? And, what if my life is too short? Today IS the day. Carpe diem, y'all!
(P.S. this painting is one of a long series, gouache on paper 6" x8", that I call "The Twenty Minute Challenge." When I stay in hotels, I allow myself 20 minutes to paint a scene in the room. Usually, I'll complete five or six scenes before I check out. This is one from a Holiday Inn. They're lots of fun to do and provide me with a visual record of where I've been).