Posts Tagged ‘focus’

Carve it out, Make a decision

February 7, 2012

Up in the wee hours of the morning. Trying to make time for fitness and art. 

Carving out time for peace and creativity takes effort, but it is worth it and makes the days move along much more smoothly. 

When I show my Iart–person to person, they are always stunned at how I can, ”get that done” or ”wish I had time to be creative.”  I wonder at these statements. 

I don’t spend a  lot of time on tv, I probably spend way too much time on the computer, and I don’t go barhopping. Those things that I do not do give me time between full time work, commuting, home work help for my son and other mom/adult jobs to get creative and get fit. 

Granted, they are not long lazy hours of creative thinking. I am thinking of ideas all the time and when I am ready, I go to my list/notes/sketchbook and get focused. 

I also like to have my stuff out. Out as in covering the art table, on open shelves so I can see what I am looking for rather than digging around for it which leeches away creative time. 

And since time with family is very important, I wake up early on weekends too. The boys love to sleep in. I take those extra hours and put them to use as well.

Some say, focus your artistic endeavors. limit yourself to one or two media and push yourself in these areas. For some folks, I think that is fine advice. Stretch yourself as an artist. I don’t seem to be able to do that. I become bored, or lose interest. I am thinking ADHD, undiagnosed  😀

But it works for me. I am happy with what I am accomplishing. And no, I have not gone truly public with my art, not posting regularly, but, I am going to carve out another 15 minutes for that beginning this next weekend. i have a goal. 

Honestly, I have been quilting and crocheting and painting for such a long time and have avoided taking pictures of my work so that I would not be asked to make the same thing over and over again Utterly boring in my opinion. 

Though I am considering working in a series. That may be something to focus on during the summer when my time is not as scheduled as it is now.

Well, this is my 15 minutes….got to go get some painting done.

Visions of Sugar plums

December 26, 2010

Not sleeping. Don’t know why, but 4 a.m. seems to be the time I need to awaken. Circadian rhythm mix up.

Buying a new sketchbook today and some watercolor paper. Had to leave that behind twice now, stashes of paper, erg. Hopefully the next move will allow me to take my entire, atash of art supplies with me. DH did bring all of the supplies I kept from DK, but I had let much go for the move.

Working on getting back in the groove of creating now that my family is more or less intact, at least most of us on the same continent. Seems like I can spend more energy on creative activities when I am not worried about my family….who woulda thunk it?

I will spend this lovely day after Christmas helping my daughter fold and put away about 40 bucks in Laundromat washed clothes. We had a hilarious time doing laundry together yesterday. The boys were the muscle and helped bunches too, but they missed some of the hilarity.

Sara and I went to change laundry over to find that two out of 4 of the loads did not wash. The tubs filled with water and sat. Flash forward: Freezing cold, soaking wet, heavy as heck laundry into a basket. She went to get the car. I, in all my brilliance, heaved the basket and carried the hundred pounds, dripping, sloshing, mess to her car leaving a trail, yes, a sodden trail behind me. Did I mention the water spilled down the front of my pants and into my snowboots? Well, I should have.

It all turned out just fine. It was wonderful to spend time with my little girl- not so little- and I know the boys had a good time watching AVP, which I am equally glad to have missed.

Loving the holidays. Starting a new chapter and of course new goals for the new year. Maybe I have finally decided what it is I am going to
focus on….maybe.