“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” ~ thoughts on my new daily art habit

Here we are in February already.  The days are flying by, as they always do.  How important it is to stop amidst all the busy-ness and take a moment to notice.  Little things, like the sunshine pouring through these glass ornaments on my windowsill right now……


…….and the lovely play of light on these blue desk items:


I am being helped this year in my daily noticing by my art calendar.  For several years now, my friend Becky has been writing about art, inspired in part by previous versions of this daily injection of joy.  This year I could not resist joining her!

Here is a collage of some recent daily images, a delicious combination of beloved artists like Vincent Van Gogh (centre) and new-to-me creatives like Linda James (bottom right):


The calendar sits on the bookshelf beside my desk, drawing my eye to its daily offerings, nestled nicely among some of my favourite inspiration books and, for the time being, reminding me of the preparation I plan to do for A Novella A Day In May (see my previous post).  I love the tranquility and depth of this painting by Ferdinand Hodler:


Two more artists helped me say goodbye to January and hello to February.  Completely different images, but similar in tone and mood – how fascinating to see these two together:

Left – Untitled, by Eliezer Markowich Lissitzky; Right – Winter Night, an Area of Pskov by Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov


And today’s image? This utterly beautiful painting by Michael Peter Ancher:

Girl in a Pick Dress (detail) by Michael Peter Ancher


Here are a couple of closer extracts.  The rendition of the girl’s dress is so delicate.  You can see in the second image that the waves, the boat and her hair are mere dabs of paint – but so perfect in the creation of the whole.


Ancher was part of the Danish Skagen school of painting.  I had not heard of these artists’ work before, but will definitely be exploring further.

Pablo Picasso was on to something when he said that ‘Painting is just another way of keeping a diary’ – having a tangible image to link with one’s actions creates lasting memories and sparks ideas for new ways to make future memories.

How wonderful it is to have my daily desk-life illuminated by these art gems – and what a year it promises to be! 🙂


*Featured image:  Pink Roses (detail) by Vincent Van Gogh


17 thoughts on ““Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” ~ thoughts on my new daily art habit

  1. Every day when I turn the page on my art calendar, I think of you on the other side of the world looking at the same painting. You have opened my eyes to seeing the world via an artistic lens, encouraging me to see that everyone of us has creativity. To be “whole”, we need to acknowledge and embrace that part of us with reverence and delight. I especially appreciate this quote by Mary Oliver: The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” So here’s to a creative 2020! Hugs!

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  2. My elder daughter had an art calendar a few years ago and I remember enjoying seeing all the ‘new-to-me’ artists and paintings as well as the more familiar ones. I had forgotten all about it until now! I must see if I remember to get one for next year! Hmmmm….. 😀

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