My painting day begins with me waking up at about 6am and feeling excited about work. Iíve usually prepared my canvas the night before as far as the under painting is concerned. My studio is at home so Iím able to start work very early and continue to paint till anytime in the evening if things are going well.
My children are all older now so Iím able to work fairly uninterrupted for the most part. Anyone who works from home will know itís easy to get side-tracked by chores, visitors, paperwork and it requires you to be quite strict with yourself to get a full dayís work in.
I work in short bursts of a couple of hours or so stopping for a cuppa or to reply to a phone call etc. I need music or radio chat on in the background as it helps me stay focussed on my work and not feel cut off from the world too much. I also make time in the week for friends and family and physical exercise and often have weekends away which help me to re-charge for another weekís solitary work in my studio.
I try to have a proper lunch break but it does tend to involve me staring at my canvas whilst eating a sandwich. In fact I have to drag myself away from my work because even when Iím tired I find it hard to leave a painting unfinished, Iím really only happy if I have completed something by the time I go to bed. This can prove difficult as I often have several works on the go at once, all at different stages of development.
Itís nice to wind down with a glass of wine and catch up with my man at the end of a productive day feeling happy about what Iíve done and excited about tomorrow.