Creating in Comfort

I admire artists who deliberately make themselves uncomfortable in order to further push their artistry, to keep them from lounging, to encourage the continuous making of art. Jack White has always stood out to me as a great disruptor of artistic comfort: whether he’s keeping his petals just too far from his feet to comfortably reach with his guitar plugged in, playing in a bad with a notoriously elementary percussionist, or using equipment that Bob Dylan would have found archaic when recording his debut album – Jack has always reminded us that comfort can be the enemy of good art.  

 That said, I have a hard time standing for as many hours of the day that I spend painting. So I have a few different options. My floor station is a Moroccan pillow on a large white tarp, I can paint down here, do some outlining or rough drafts, and work on huge floor pieces. Having just one pillow upon which to perch my body keeps me balanced, slightly uncomfortable, and mentally alert. My desk option is a standing drafting desk where I work on detailing, on foot, crouching and stretching as needed. And finally, my outdoor option is in development. Check back!  

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 Any readers have any specific comfort-while-creating standards/rituals?