In an nearly empty studio, creative energy can be a fragile thing. The paintings I've been interacting with for months are gone--first to my exhibit in Milwaukee, and now shipped off to galleries. The paintings are no longer talking to me or to each other... the party in the studio is over.
Some days my energy for painting seems heightened by this emptiness, other days it seems to leak away.
There are a few quotes and meditations that charge my creative batteries on the slow days. This one is part of the Unitarian Universalist service I used to attend. (It is said to be a Sanskrit proverb...I've seen various translations.)
Look to this day
For it is life
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of beauty --
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well-lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.
I think it is the "glory of action" part that gets me up off my couch.