Artist Profiles

their rituals, routines,
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Ashley Longshore

What time do you get up?

I get up very, very early. Sometimes at 6 a.m. Sometimes at 5 a.m. I’m all excited and I can’t wait to get my day started. I wake up the same way a bullet leaves a gun – there ain’t no stopping me. 

 

What time do you go to sleep?

I go down pretty early. I go down, usually, about 9 or 9:30 p.m. I like to watch nature programs before I go to sleep because they relax me and I learn stuff.

 

Is your creative work your full-time job?

You’re damn straight. 

 

Do you wait for inspiration before you begin or do you begin regardless of inspiration?

First of all, I’m always inspired. There are an infinite amount of things to paint so I don’t understand all that hemming and hawing about not being inspired. I’m endlessly inspired.

 

How many hours a day, on average, do you do your creative work?

Sometimes I’m at my studio at 7 a.m. and I leave my studio around 6 or 7 p.m. So I’d say around 12 hours a day. 

At what point are you done for the day

I’m usually done with the day when my eyelids start to close. I’m like a wild fire every single day. I just have to put myself out.

 

Do you work primarily in the morning, afternoon, or evening?

I am a morning and day painter. I’ve never painted at night. I think it’s because I wake up so early and I put out so much energy during the day.

 

Do you have a daily routine for your creative work?

Yes, I try to work harder tomorrow than I did today. I try to improve my time management every day. I try to get as many things done as I possibly can. When I’m really working on a new collection the whole idea is solitude and me painting until I feel like I’m going to collapse which I also really enjoy. 

 

How does it start?

It starts by me putting on music and then I just start to attack the canvas. I don’t like talking about stuff, I like doing things. I feel like there are too many talkers out there and I’m more of an action kind of gal. 

 

How does it end?

It ends when my fingers start to cramp up or my back starts to ache or my wrist hurts because I’ve painted too much. 

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The routine is as much a part of the creative process as the lightning bolt of inspiration, maybe more. And this routine is available to everyone. —Twyla Tharp