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Obstacles, Or the Path of Least Resistance?

April 14, 2009

ybb“YBB” – Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas, 5 x 5″

This day is way past half gone already, and I still haven’t gotten any paints out, and only just now getting to blog. I am letting way too many things get in the way of creating.

I’m not complaining, you understand, but now that I share work space with my husband on a daily basis, it’s easier for me not to want to create chaos by getting the painting gear out. Nope, there will be no studio until we finally move. In the meantime, I have to make do.

And then, if there’s office work to be done, that easily eats into the rest of the day. Like yesterday. I started putting together an updated portfolio to send out to the prospective new gallery, and that ballooned from an estimated two hours to more than four. My bio, artist statement, pictures, book cover, etc.,  hadn’t been tweaked for more than a year. The jpeg sizes weren’t uniform on my newest work, so I had to resize a bunch of those.

So here I am again today, trying to figure out just how and when to carve out some painting time. My husband says “Just do it!” I should listen to him more.

The little painting above is sold, but I don’t think it’s been on the blog before.

I hope you’re having some creative fun today. I hope you’re more determined and focused than I’ve been lately.


15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2009 12:27 pm

    So glad I am not the only one with his problem. The “too busy” with other things to ceate thing. Today, it hasn’t been a to do list per se, but a mental exhaustion that just can’t seem to get going.

    • April 14, 2009 5:39 pm

      Well Alyice, I find that creative energy can be expended on other things that aren’t creative. Then it definitely is hard or impossible to get going again. Unfortunately, I’ve acquired the habit of thinking I need a whole huge block of time before I can create. I need to re-think that now and learn to do whatever I can when the opportunity presents itself.

  2. April 14, 2009 12:53 pm

    I completely understand!!!
    I have yet to complete anything new since the move.
    Every day I wake up and there’s something still needs to be unpacked, find a home or a room to be painted. It so easily pulls you from creating and then you kick yourself for it.

    • April 14, 2009 5:40 pm

      John, I think we need to be kinder to ourselves. Maybe just accept the possibility that a month or more off from art can be a positive. I’m working on that.

      • April 15, 2009 10:38 pm

        That is a great point!
        I’ve decided to not feel guilty over the fact that I’m going to get this house in order (mostly) between now and the weekend and not paint until then.

  3. Sandra permalink
    April 14, 2009 6:06 pm

    I sure hope that time out can be a positive, as I haven’t had any creative inspiration for some time. A whole bunch of other things getting in the way, but I do hope once they’re sorted that you are right and it does turn out to be positive. As usual I love your beautiful art, good luck with the new gallery.

    • April 15, 2009 8:00 am

      Thank you Sandra! I really do believe that things sit on the back burner and simmer away even when we’re not actually working at our art. Sometimes they boil over and we have to stop everything and just create!

  4. April 14, 2009 8:11 pm

    B e a u t i f u l painting!!! I know how ‘other’ stuff gets in the way of our studio time. I can relate to the “whole huge block” of time to create. It does take time to warm up and drop into the creative zone. It is like a cycle. Yes, be kinder…so many things to keep up with. You are keeping up with blogging and posting wonderful creative things! You will soon clear the decks and get back in the groove of regular studio time. You rock sister!!!

  5. April 14, 2009 11:12 pm

    You taught me that paying attention to ‘work’ sucks more out of you than physical labor and that creating GIVES you energy! Sounds to me like a case of “Physician, heal thyself”.


  6. April 15, 2009 7:35 am

    Oh my…..This describes me too. It seems a lot of us out there have similar issues with time and other tasks getting in the way.

    I think your husband is right, “Just do it!” That being said, I have yearly taxes and work permit renewal forms to complete today. So I hope your day turns out more creative than mine!

    I really enjoy your blog, by the way.

    • April 15, 2009 8:04 am

      Yeah, Stephanie — those taxes and all the attendant paperwork took a couple of days last week, if you throw in our two trips to the CPA’s office. Ours was a little too complicated for TurboTax this year.

      He’s right, he always is. And he doesn’t even mind the clutter!! What more could an artist ask?

      So glad you’re here now and then. PS to the rest of my readers: You would love Stephanie’s work!

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