Thursday, January 3, 2013

Finding balance

After having my second child I find myself having to learn how to balance mommy-hood and painting all over again (not that my mommy hood ever stopped after my first, its just so much easier to plop a five year old down with a bunch of legos while mommy paints than it is to do anything that requires two arms- or any amount of concentration- with an infant) I swear, the little guy has an alarm set to go off the minute I try to sneak in some work.
I have had my share of crying pity parties in the past few months, but in reality, I wouldn't change a thing. I love getting to spend so much time with my boys, even if it does interfere with my career for a short while. Children grow up so fast. It would be a shame not to enjoy the moment while it is there.
That said, it would also be a shame not to keep pushing on a career that has had such a great start! This is where the balancing act begins. I have been trying to figure out how to get enough time in the biggest blocks possible for painting and I think I may have found it. Tonight, I worked after everyone went to sleep. I used to work until three and four in the morning a few years ago. Starting to think late night painting is the way to go. I nap when baby naps anyway, so I will only be missing out on three or four hours of interrupted sleep at night.

Today I ruined a 24"x36" floral piece that has kind of been in the works for so long I can't remember when I started it. (There are a lot of things I don't remember these days.) No biggy. I had other, more promising reference photos lined up.

I got the other, more promising pieces sketched out tonight, all of which are hopefuls for the upcoming show at Whistle Pik Galleries in March. I'll post more about that soon...

Oh, and Happy New year, y'all!

1 comment:

Butterfingers said...

Hi there! Im a new mom and have a 3 month old. I'm a graduate in Fine Arts and i used to paint at all odd hours of the day and question is, how do i stay motivated when my hands are full! i threw myself a lot of pity parties and reading this post was like a mirror to my life! I hope you get this comment. I just started blogging and i want to set up a website for my works like you have. Where do i start? How do i find places to show my work? DO you pay to show your work or is it by invitation only? ( Im new here, and from India)I swear this is not a spam comment haha. I am a SAHM and before that I worked as a graphic designer and i just chose to be a SAHM now. But i dont want to give up my "desire"...please help...any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!