Since I retired from being a director of a multi-discipline arts center a couple of years ago, people are always asking me, What are you doing with your time these days? Or Are you still painting?
Sheesh, I was an artist before I was nearly anything else. Yes, I paint every day! That is really no exaggeration. Sometimes I’ll take a day to just goof off, read a book or go do some other fun stuff. Without guilt.
So I thought I’d look back at the month of January just to see how much art I really created for the month. These are the stats.
Four watercolor / pen and ink travel paintings. These sell well in one of my online shops and they’re fun to do.
Five sunflower paintings, all acrylic on canvas. Various sizes from 8 x 8 to 20 x 16.
Six tree drawings. Trees are hard to do but winter is a great time to “see the bones.” I thought I’d give myself a challenge of doing one tree per week. We’ll see how that goes.
Three paintings in a new series called “The Food We Eat.” They will all be paintings of food, a very popular subject. I just love the bright colors. And the challenge. I have thirty two paintings planned for this series. Or at least until I get bored.
In addition, I have been designing new print-on-demand products for one of my Etsy shops. So far, I’ve created about fifty. There are so many ideas but time is limited.
The drawings are not for sale; just for practice.
And the food paintings will be saved for a group display.
Plus time spent updating websites, blog, and social media.
Lest you think that I spend all of my time in the studio, that is not the case. I probably spend five or six hours a day, sometimes more, sometimes less. It’s not work really. I just get lost.
But, of course, January is a time of year with few garden demands. Although I could probably spend some more time cleaning the attic or going to the gym. But I’m happy.
And larger paintings require more time so not every month sees this kind of output.
But even when I was working full time, I was still able to squeeze in 15 to 20 hours a week in the studio. I guess it’s just all about priorities. Although I read a lot, I don’t watch much TV or waste too much time on social media.
If you want something bad enough, you’ll find the time.