Create Every Day!

I love this wonderful story about a man who painted 365 paintings in 365 days! During the year of this project, he fell in love, experienced the break-up of that relationship, had a serious biking accident, endured months of recovery and learned a friend had cancer. He also discovered that painting helped him deal with these challenges.

When asked how he managed to create a complete painting every day, he said:

I slept less and less. I found time to paint in the morning before work. 10 minutes here; ten minutes there. I became good at just painting whenever I could with whatever free time I had. I would bring my paints with me wherever I went even when it was just a dinner party. Because people understood my 365 day project they were accepting in the fact that I had to paint. I became very good at not making a mess with my paints so I would be allowed in people’s homes.

Check out the article, which includes some of his paintings and the stories behind them!

And for more inspiration, read my previous posts about Jonathan Mann’s year of writing a song every day here and here.

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6 Responses to “Create Every Day!”


  1. 1 Jenine July 3, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I want to write about my lap band surgery coming up,. the death of my husband three months ago, and my desperate need to create but I don’t make the time. I want to start a blog but have no idea how. Can anyone help?

    • 2 stranglingmymuse July 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

      It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, Jenine, even as you’re grieving your husband’s death. Be kind to yourself. Take the pressure off yourself by just doing tiny steps. I meant TINY. Decide to write for just five minutes at a time. Really. You can find time for five minutes. Write for five minutes two or three times in the next week. See how it goes. Take care of yourself.

      As for blogging, there’s lots of information out there. I’d suggest doing a search for “How to start a blog” to find what you need to get started.

      Good luck, Jenine. And don’t forget to nurture yourself and be kind to yourself during this difficult time.

      ~Sandy

  2. 3 dldselfnarration July 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I saw this story, too, Sandy…. WOW is an understated word, but the only one I can think of right now! I guess, in our own diligence, we create everyday, something of worth to ourselves, or in the least, we should!

    Maybe I can say that I respond to people’s statements & comments everyday… but THAT isn’t the same thing as “living your own creative genius”, but when you’re stuck, THAT is better than not putting anything on paper or canvas!

    • 4 stranglingmymuse July 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      There are so many ways to be creative, Denise. I think it’s important to find what works for you. I admire this man for completing an entire painting every day, but that’s not for everyone. I like what you say about creating something of worth to ourselves every day…each following our own heart and creative inspiration and doing what works for us!

      ~Sandy

  3. 5 herby July 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    How inspirational. Thank you for sharing. I totally love it. It is a great reminder to allow creativity into our daily lives rather than having it as an optional extra. Love it.


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