The quick, easy answer is no, and that's not entirely true.
I have good days and not so productive days which is certainly to be expected. I'm in the studio six days a week and I average 4 hours a day of painting. I'm very focused and manage to attend to the business end of things as well as the social media activity alongside getting the painting done. I rely on my schedule and time management to keep me on track.
It is inevitable, however, with each painting that I hit an area of uncertainty and almost boredom as I get challenged by the details I'm working on. I've also learned that the challenge is simply a moment to breath and regroup. Let the painting show me the way, because there is a way through the uncertainty.
I find this such a great life lesson. Just breath, relax and let the next right move reveal itself. It always does.
Painting has taught me so much about relaxing and letting things be. Trusting in the process.
I have a sign in my studio "Just Paint Ciel." This is my mantra. Don't worry about a thing, just paint. Ultimately this is what this business and practice is all about, painting, and bringing beautiful flowers to life on a canvas.
From the multitude of reactions and appreciation that I receive, I know that I'm having a good effect on people's lives. It brings me a tremendous amount of joy to paint like I do. I take the up's and down's as I go. I trust that whatever challenge I'm facing will pass as long as I allow it to move off easily.
Does this resonate with you? Leave me a comment and let me know how you manage the up's and down's.