Wednesday, December 13, 2017

An artist dilemma: recapturing the passion in a busy world.

As artists, we are forced to wear many hats and we can easily spread ourselves too thin. Many artists are amazingly skilled at juggling several balls in the air and when I was younger, I used to have that kind of energy!

It is a delicate balance to do everything with equal passion…..painting, commissions, teaching workshops, shows, competitions, publications and keeping up with social media, when we also have family, friends and neighbors that deserve our love, friendship and attention.

Teaching has filled my heart with joy beyond measure and I have been blessed with lasting memories and cherished friendships.  After my remaining workshop, which will be savored, I will retire from teaching and concentrate on painting.

I am anxious to get back in the studio and recapture the excitement that brought me on this journey. Perhaps by making my 'art life' less complicated will allow me that time, since life, in general, will be eternally complicated!

I love self-help books on 'editing possessions' and if you are a baby-boomer you know what I am talking about! One of my favorite quotes is "If the item is important to you, keep it in a condition that shows that it is important." The fact that everything in my studio is collecting dust tells me that painting is losing its importance in my life and my inspiration seems buried under the clutter of obligations, demands and distractions.

My goal is to lessen those demands and distractions so I am free to rediscover my love of least that's the plan! 

Wishing you many blessings in the New Year and finding that delicate balance in life. 💗

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