Time and Flowers

Bonne Maman
Bonne Maman

Bonne Maman, mixed media peony on canvas, 24″ x 24″, SOLD

Do the thing you can’t, that is how it gets done.

A subscriber recently asked me how I find time to paint. Right now, that is incredibly hard.

All the great things I have done with my life have been things I shouldn’t have done…

I quit my job out of college and became a  Volunteer Wilderness Ranger in Sedona, AZ. I traveled to 20,000 feet in Tibet when I should have been working. I spent summers on end climbing in the Swiss Alps, when it strained my credit card. I played hookey and skied 13,000′ peaks with long stretches of deep powder during the work week.

Becoming a painter as a single mom of a young child also seemed impossible. I do not have financial backing. But my own artist mother gave me the best advice:

Find a corner for your art and leave it out all the time. Then you can paint ten minutes here and there, and pretty soon you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve done.

She was right.

Finding time to fit in my passion comes in waves. I have a graphic design business that can be very busy at times. Right now is one of these times, and I just have to be grateful for the income, and wait for the next painting window.

I do believe it is important not to be away from the studio for too long, however, or else it can be very hard to get back in the swing of it. So I try to dabble, go in there, paint smaller commissions and keep it trickling.

Next week I’m road tripping to Arizona to see old friends and be in the desert. I should be painting. I should be doing my taxes. But I am going to leave it all behind and play hard for the week. Because I know that when I come back, my work, art and parenting will be more amazing than ever.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Deb says:

    You go girl! LOVE these peonies!!

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