With extra time for self reflection in this Pandemic year, some shortcomings have come to my attention. The unending quest to refine the caliber of my creative expression finds me bumping into some hurdles which led me to scour You-Tube for answers. I found the perfect video The Drawing Advice that Changed My Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6NsEDwHHiE at the perfect length (10:06) and so I settled in. What Struthless shared was powerful, bringing me right back to the very beginning (1987), and my painting dad Paul Kuo’s foundational advice, “If you want to be a really great painter, you must paint every day”. At the time I was working ten hours a day regularly during the week and painting only on the weekends. I began plotting then and there how I could quit my job and paint every day.
Two years later, quit my job I did and painted happily at first, then marriage, kids, family responsibilities, caregiving, love, loss and life seemed to constantly re-prioritize things. Fast forward thirty years and I am once again in a place where I am focusing more on art. I still seem to find lots of distractions and often inexplicably avoid being in the studio. Last year, events which will not be described here necessitated my studio being completed emptied and new flooring put in. I have somehow not made it my home again yet.
Struthless says, in his video, you must paint every day, and not only that, but paint the same thing every day. This eliminates the question, “what should I paint today?”, and one can get right to the business (or play) of creating. Another way to express the message came to my attention recently, “If you want to dig a well, you need to dig one fifty foot hole, not fifty one foot holes.”
So off I go on another odyssey, (without leaving my house) to find the deepest, purest, most quenching wellspring of creativity. I’m going to paint a “Daily Bird”, for the next 100 days.
“Stepping Out” is day 1. You can follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CCypmadHfn3/ to see the daily pieces if you’re curious. I know I am!