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A Day in the Life of CreativeIngrid

Jul 5, 2018

by Valerie Rains handmade and vintage goods

A lush, overgrown garden bursting with blooms. A strawberry patch in summertime. The star-flecked reaches of deep space, or the bruised and cratered surface of a silvery moon: Whatever the subject matter, watercolor artist Ingrid Sanchez’s dreamy canvases are nothing less than transportive. So it’s fitting that one of the things she cherishes most about her current calling as the founder of the Etsy shop CreativeIngrid is that it allows her to pursue her art no matter where on earth she hangs her hat. “Running this business has brought immense freedom to my life,” Ingrid says. “I am free to create whatever I want, I am free to travel, and I am free to decide what my next move is.”

ingrid Sanchez in her home studio

Ingrid Sanchez working on a watercolor

Ingrid's studio

And for this university-trained graphic designer, who worked in the Barcelona publishing industry for four years before trading in her keyboard and mouse for a more hands-on medium, that means much more than merely collecting passport stamps. “I’ve been lucky enough to live in many different countries,” says Ingrid. “Each one has had a lesson to teach me and allowed me to appreciate art from a different perspective.”

From Mexico to Spain, the UK to New York and back again, Ingrid has sought inspiration along each portion of her path, training with artists she admires and soaking up the local aesthetic. These days, it’s London’s vibrant, cosmopolitan cultural scene, along with its leafy waterfront parks and picture-perfect plant shops, that form the real-world backdrop for Ingrid’s color-washed compositions. But her central mission remains the same no matter where she wanders: “to live a life that inspires others, and to create art that makes people feel good and reminds them what a privilege it is to live in this world.”

Read on to see how this painter’s purpose plays out in real time.

Ingrid in her kitchen

Ingrid's plant-lined window ledge

Ingrid's mindful morning routine

Burning incense

7:30am Up and at ‘em

Setting up a routine was one of my first goals when I stopped working in an office—I was worried that having my workspace at home would make me lazy. So each morning I wake up between 7:30 and 8:00am and have a healthy breakfast with my husband. That’s also when I do some of my social media work: I take photos and videos all the time, but I try not to let them interfere with my painting process. I never post anything while I’m working, and if I do it’s usually when I’m waiting for a layer of paint to dry.

9:00am Starting centered

I do my best to be in the studio by 9:00am, and the first thing I do is sit down and meditate. It helps me clear my mind and create the space to start a new day. I also turn to meditation when I get blocked creatively; it doesn’t happen often, but I’ll go deeper with my meditation practice during those times. Once I feel ready to work, I check my email to see if any orders came in overnight. Many of my sales come from the US, so there’s usually something new to address each day.

Ingrid's workstation

Paintbrushes awaiting use

Beginning a painting

Watercolor in progress

11:00am Painting, part one

The best time for me to paint is around 11:00am, and I try to do it every day—it’s very rare for me not to paint. I started working with watercolors about four years ago, and I love that it’s such a friendly medium: You don’t need anything apart from brushes, water, and paper, and you can make your work as simple or as complicated as you wish. It’s also a great medium for experimenting: Every little change brings something completely unexpected and new.

When I paint, I want to channel a feeling through my brushes. That’s why I paint so many flowers, oceans, and moons—they all flow in a very natural way. Those are also themes that allow for a lot of color exploration, which makes them great for creating a range of decorative objects, like my cushion covers and wall stickers.

Yoga in the studio

Ingrid's daily walk

Ingrid's outdoor inspiration

1:00pm Yoga break

My yoga practice began back in Barcelona, when I was feeling stuck and unhappy in my office job. I had severe back pain, and I found amazing physical and mental relief in the practice. I even found my current medium through yoga, after I quit my job, moved to London, and took a job as the brand manager for a yoga center there. My first watercolor paintings were illustrations I made for the center’s blog. I still practice yoga regularly; depending on how I feel I might join a class, visit the local Buddhist center, or work on my self-practice at home.

2:00pm Afternoon amble

My neighborhood is very walkable, and it’s surrounded by green areas where it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of a city. Every day before lunch I try to walk along the Regent’s Canal, which takes me through a beautiful garden and eventually to the post office or to lively Golborne Road for some food or coffee.

Scouting for floral inspiration

Beautiful blooms on view

Shopping for supplies

Picking out paints

Ingrid brings home fresh supplies

3:00pm Sourcing supplies

About once a month I teach a watercolor workshop in my studio. When one of those is coming up I’ll need to stock up on art supplies as well as flowers for my students to paint—although I always tell my students that I don’t really paint flowers, but dots and lines that resemble them. I try to put on paper what I feel while thinking of a particular floral scene, to capture the way the petals move.

There’s a lovely flower shop called Scarlet & Violet five minutes away from my flat; they always have the best selection of seasonal flowers and the place is gorgeous inside and out. Every time I pass by I stop to see the arrangements they’re working on. For supplies, there’s no one place I go for everything—I like to visit lots of different stores to see what’s new, get ideas, or to watch artist demonstrations. That, for me, is a lot of fun.

4:00pm Second round in the studio

Most days I come back to the studio in the afternoon to finish the paintings that I started in the morning. That pause is necessary—both for the paper, which often needs time to dry between layers, and for me. When I finish painting, I might go through emails again, to communicate with my printers or to respond to new orders that have come in. And if there’s anything more I want to post on Instagram, I’ll do that as I’m finishing up.

Social media has been the best way for me to connect with other artists and makers. I’m not generally a very social being; I really enjoy being by myself, and I have a very small group of close friends. But now I have a community of students who stay in touch after my workshops, and there’s a group of artists I met when I was living in New York for a year—we follow each other online and talk a lot.

Back in the studio again

Ingrid reviews her work

Decompressing with a pint

Hanging out with her hubby

8:00pm Dinner date

In the first part of the week, I don’t typically go out at night—instead I’ll work longer hours on tasks that don’t require daylight, like scanning images, working in Photoshop, or researching new products I’d like to make. But later in the week or on weekends, I like to meet my husband for a pint and a meal at Parlour, nearby—it has a welcoming, very local feel, and they update the beer menu every week so there’s always something new to try. And since they have a lot of space, it never feels too crowded—pretty much my idea of a perfect evening.

Photographs by Inna Kostukovsky.

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  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 3 years ago

    Beautiful shop. It is so good to have freedom to create whatever you want instead of what the customer want. It's a good idea to take care of your own body to balance a busy life.

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    R.M Garrett from ArtisticAcrylics said 3 years ago

    Gorgeous Shop! Your paintings make me feel happy and energetic. The colors literally shake out lethargic moods, and reminds you to look for the good and beautiful in life, because it's all around; we just forget at times, paying attention to the latest dramas, or reacting to the loudest voice in the room! Thank you for sharing your gifts, and congrats on your much deserved feature!!!

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    Julia K Walton from FireHorseVintageHQ said 3 years ago

    What a beautiful shop and lifestyle - such a talented artist! Congratulations on the well-deserved feature :o)

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    Renee from RandMhandmade said 3 years ago

    I enjoyed hearing about your day. Congratulations on the feature..I loved it!

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    Sandy Sereno from SerenoArtandJewelry said 3 years ago

    Awesome projects I wish I could do this for my Art as well how do I do my projects I could use help... Thanks Sandy Sereno

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    Renee from RenaisyDaisyDesigns said 3 years ago

    Your watercolors are beautiful. I always am inspired to hear about the daily schedule of other artists

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    Jackie Hansen from BeanBagsAK said 3 years ago

    I so loved reading about the daily schedule she sets for herself and about where she goes for inspiration. CreativeIngrid seems like a lovely person who has some amazing talent for using watercolor to reflect the beauty God has gifted us in nature and the world around us. Thank you for sharing her etsy story! It's these small, one person driven and run shops that keep me coming back.

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    Sujata from TreasuredMemoryLane said 3 years ago

    Beautiful water color painting! Beautiful creations and the lifestyle with meditation! Congratulation on the feature!

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    Anna L. from FoxyStyleJewelry said 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful artist. Unique paintings. Amazing color combinations.I'm also visiting a beautiful garden near my house and it inspirits to create more and more. Congratulation on the feature!

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    Maria from StyleGraphicDesign said 3 years ago

    Love your creativity!:)

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    Nicole from KarmaCodeOne said 3 years ago

    beeea "U" tiful inside and out. Cheers to much continued success !

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    Laraine from SweetLaraine said 3 years ago

    You have inspired me to drag out my paints and paper and get creative.....Thank You Laraine

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    Olesya from FeltToysByLesovinka said 3 years ago

    Very beautiful shop;) good luck to you 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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    Rhonda Stubbs from RhondaCorner said 3 years ago

    What a beautiful story! You are very luck and very talented. Thank you for sharing your daily life and I wish you the very best on your future endeavors.

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    Heidi said 3 years ago

    Absolutely lovely and authentic. Thank you for sharing Ingrid’s story and introducing more of us to her work! Inna’s photographs beautifully capture the essence of this artist.

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    TropicalGarden from TropicalGarden said 3 years ago

    Inspiring story and beautiful work! Congratulations on the feature!

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    Elena from BONESSI said 3 years ago

    So colorful and peaceful. I can almost feel that positive energy coming from the artist and her beautiful paintings ) Thx for sharing your day and work!

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    Irina Shapoval from LadyLunarCat said 3 years ago

    Wonderful story, very stylish store!

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    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 3 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats!

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    Anna from FairyToysWorld said 3 years ago

    The story is very interesting. Great balance between job and inspiration. The shop is awersome, so bright and beautiful! Also I like Ingrid's flat)

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    Amy from GibasAeroGiftShop said 3 years ago

    Beautiful paintings, so clean and colorful! I strive to have this sort of freedom and discipline in my own schedule.

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    Hannah Jane from brightloud said 3 years ago

    I love your work! I really enjoyed the video of how a piece comes together.

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    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 3 years ago

    So much beautiful inspiring color in your feature and your life! Wishing you every success and happiness! :)

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    Gloria m from GabbysChicEarrings said 3 years ago

    The colors of the paintings just call out to me, also I don't like tattoos but these temporary flower tattoos I love!

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    Deanna M from I365Art said 3 years ago

    Your shop is gorgeous! Congratulations on your success!

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    Relly from RelsFindsNapaValley said 3 years ago

    Colorful artwork creates a variety of interests, that brings the outdoor garden in... a relaxing feeling!

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    Oonah from unatuna said 3 years ago

    Thank you for an inspiring article.

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    Sorina from BijuBrill said 3 years ago

    Being surrounded by colors and flowers I think makes her work so appealing and full of happiness ♥ great success story

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    renee and gerardo from GTDesigns said 3 years ago

    Lovely art. Lovely regime. Congrats!!

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    Sharon from YearsAfter said 3 years ago

    Gorgeous art! I love the fresh vibrant colors! Congrats!

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    lauren faulds said 3 years ago

    I really enjoyed seeing how she maintains her creativity & purpose throughout the day. Also her water color paintings are top notch!

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    Mattie from poppeparker said 3 years ago

    Absolutely inspiring and I love your shop!

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    July from FirstJulyStudio said 3 years ago

    What a beauty! Love your bright colors!

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    Stella from Luckyavenue said 3 years ago

    Hi beautiful product

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    Debra Ann Scala-Giokas from DebraAnnDolls said 3 years ago

    Beautiful paintings. Wonderful shop. Thanks for sharing your story and giving us a glimpse into your routine.

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    Kelly Engel from GrowingUpWild said 3 years ago

    This lifestyle feature is so well done! I love out it depicts everything that goes into your art. Thanks for sharing.

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    Petr from PetrArtStore said 2 years ago

    Paintings are amasing

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    Mariia from CalmnessArtStore said 2 years ago

    So bright and harmonious person! Read this story with pleasure.

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    Sarah from SimplyBabyPrintables said 2 years ago

    What beautiful, vibrant artwork. You are very talented, I wish you all the best, now and in the future.

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    Lara Korotenko from ETSforYou said 2 years ago

    О! Это красиво и очень нежно! Я люблю тоже цвет!

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    Gulshat B from GulshatStudio said 2 years ago

    Lovely lifestyle!

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    Vera and Alyona from EcoStory said 2 years ago

    Watercolours absolutly amazing! Thanks for giving us inspiration!

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    Alena from AlenaArts said 1 year ago

    “to live a life that inspires others, and to create art that makes people feel good and reminds them what a privilege it is to live in this world.” - Awesome words. It is always very interesting to read stories about other Artists, about what makes them move forward, what inspires them. Such posts help to discover new horizonts and sometimes a new forms of our own art.

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    Ruby Engram said 1 year ago

    Beautiful shop! Amazing how you balance your life while doing your work. You are such a inspiration to others.

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    Umesh Vigg from TheInspireDecor said 237 days ago

    Very beautiful shop;) good luck to you 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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    CHRISTOPHER DALY from ArtChristophBoutique said 200 days ago

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    Svetlana from GirlAndWolfGallery said 165 days ago

    I like this art!❤

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    Light Mandala from SacredLightMandala said 156 days ago

    Peaceful and balanced artist and works! Thank you for sharing🌈

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    Alan D shaydon from EricaGrigsbyStore said 62 days ago

    Congratulations on the feature..I loved it!

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