I don’t have time to be an artist. It is an excuse I have heard myself throw out on occasion. And perhaps, depending on what life event is spinning out of control, it might sometimes be accurate….but. Often, I feel myself spit out the sentence and a part of me wants to reach out and pull it back in.
I have so many things that I make time for that I don’t want to do and lots of things I do all the time out of habit. Sometimes, honestly, I get a bit bored with my life. How many hours have I sat in front of the television or the computer, mindlessly drooling over the latest reality show, while questioning when I was going to make something a bit richer out of my own reality?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always make excuses about doing my art. In fact, I have beautifully productive times in my life when art just pours out of me. This last year has felt that way with my Polyvore Art. Some nights would pass, and I might have whipped out four or five significant sets in the blink of an eye. It has been a while since that has happened with material art (verses digital).
Time for a Change
You see, things are changing for me. As I move into a place in life where I am building my creative business, I have to address the inclination not to make time for making art.
So what does it mean to MAKE TIME? We say it all the time… I will have to make time for that. Can you make time for me? Coming from a place of valuing creativity, I love the implications of this phrasing. The artist in me has all kinds of ideas. Carving time like it is a soft piece of wood asking to be sculpted or piecing time together as if moments were quilt scraps. Building art dolls for each of the roles I play… art doll wife for time with my honey, art doll helper for the time at work, art doll manager for parts of my creative business, and art doll creatrix for the art maker in me.
However I visualize it, it is time to make time. My priorities will be shifting over the next several seeks, as will the spaces I am creating in. I am redefining where art happens so that I can bring art into my life and not just create when I happen to be at home. But because I understand the importance of balance, part of making time for art will be making time for self-care and for honoring the cyclical nature of the creative process (I will be talking more about that in the near future.)
No matter where you are on your art making journey, I encourage you to become mindful of how you make your time. What are you leaving out…and more importantly, what are you leaving in that might need to be redefined?
Show and Tell
I certainly don’t have all the answers regarding time management. I would love to hear what ideas this sparked for you or to hear what you are doing to make time for making art in your own life.
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