I try to paint in a routine to make my life as Ďnormalí as a full time artistsí can be. Waking up at 7:30, I freshen up with a quick shower followed by a large coffee to liven me up! An hour later Iím in my car driving to my studio. Itís a 30 minute drive from home which is great for me as I have time to wake up and psyche myself up for the day ahead. By the time I arrive at my studio Iím ready to crack on. Iíll play some music; this could be anything depending on my mood as I have quite an eclectic taste. On the day I might be continuing a painting in progress or starting a new piece.
I work until 6pm in the studio unless Iím in Ďthe zoneí when time just seems to disappear and before I know it I could still be painting into the early hours. There are some days in the studio when for no reason things just donít flow and I find myself getting frustrated, if this happens the best thing for me to do is down tools and take time off to clear my mind and relax. Iím a keen angler and find spending a day on a lake is the best way for me to unwind. It might sound counter-productive but this relaxation time is just as important as my time spent in the studio. Iím sure any artist will relate to this and itís something I struggle to explain to people that you canít force the ideas, they just come and when they do itís important for me to work.
After a working week of painting I feel mentally drained. On weekends I try my best to not think of work, this is near impossible as Iím always picking up inspiration. Meeting up with friends and having a beer or two however, does help. Sometimes being an artist can be quite solitary so I make the most of my time with friends and family.