Yet, like most of life’s experiences, flow has its shadow side, too.
It’s possible to become so intent on the task at hand that we lose perspective or ignore our body’s calls for attention.
In a painting class I took from acclaimed watercolor artist, Charles Reid, we often worked with a live model. Charles insisted that the model break from the pose every 30 minutes.
Occasionally the model would protest saying he was just fine with sitting longer. Charles always responded, “Well, we’re not.”
Then he’d rise from the stool in front of his easel, stroll around, and step outside for a few minutes to either get some fresh air or smoke his pipe. We all followed his lead – well except for lighting up a pipe!
Newfoundland artist, Keli-Ann Pye-Beshara, takes a similar approach. I’ve watched her live-stream painting demonstrations and seen her set a timer for 30 minutes.
When it rings, she puts down the brush, stands up, and steps away from the work to stretch her neck, her hands and her back. She invites viewers to do the same.
Action: There is a physical release and renewal that comes with these breaks in the flow. Read More…