Book: Manage Your Day-To-Day

I’ve just started to read “Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build your routine, find your focus & sharpen your creative mind”. By multiple authors. Each chapter is written by a different writer.

“Harnessing The Power of Frequency” by Gretchen Rubin, has reached me at just the right moment. She writes “Frequency makes starting easier." True that.

I’ve just implemented ‘daily (studio) practice’ into my routine.  Often I have worked sporadically, and although it has been very productive in the right moment and ultimately satisfying for me, it's inconsistent and challenging to start.  I still get 'the fear.' 

This chapter on frequency I could not have read at a more synchronistic time.  She explaines how frequency inspires creativity, lessens the fear of failure, “fosters productivity” and makes starting easier.

I'm so appreciative of all the literature being published over the past few years, that steps away from romanticing of the artist's way of life and offers applicable daily practices performed and shared by successful artists.

Artist Statement

 

Heather Backmeyer creates high contrast, black and white abstract pieces that have impact. 

Described by Discover Art in The Valley creators as “delicate and powerful”.  Using the simple ingredients of powdered charcoal, India ink and stencils of geometric shapes, she creates detailed, layered, and intricate bursts contrasted by deliberate and thoughtful negative spaces.

The negative spaces in her work are often the focal point.  These spaces give the viewer room to breathe and are the resolved meditative spaces Heather is striving to achieve when creating art.

“Art focusses my overactive mind and then clears is as I create.  I know a specific piece is complete when I look at it and my mind is quiet and I feel at peace.”