Q: What is your best time of day to paint?

The High Line - Barbara's morning commute to the studio

The High Line – Barbara’s  morning commute to the studio

A:  I have always been an early riser and a morning person, from my student pilot days when I’d be at an airport in New Jersey ready to takeoff in a Cessna by 6 a.m., through my days as a Naval officer starting work at the Pentagon at 7, until now when I typically get up before 6 (thanks to my cat, who likes to eat breakfast early).  Always I am most energetic in the mornings so that’s when I am most productive and have my best ideas.  Generally, I try to arrive at the studio before 10 a.m. and work until 5 p.m. or later.

Comments are welcome!

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Barbara’s thoughts on art and the creative process, soft pastel, the inspiration she finds in travel, what it’s like to be an artist in New York, and other wisdom for artists as we travel our lonely roads.

Posted on June 8, 2013, in An Artist's Life, Creative Process, New York, NY, Pastel Painting, Photography, Studio, Working methods and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. although I am a late sleeper (unlike your cat, what is his name–where adjustment is due, a turn-over philosophic move) my best hours are morning. It’s when I read at length/depth and write (ideas accumulate in the middle of the night either in sleep or between dream-filled bouts) and then painting begins. Usually at 1 or 2:pm, continuing as long as I can stand, then back to the other reading, writing: along with good food. A fine productive way-of-being. So very good to see you Barbara. I think I’ll paint you.

  2. Wow what discipline you have with my self I work very spontaneous in my studio when the time calls .

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