A few weeks ago we went on a thrifting adventure in the city. I came across a really cool pocketwatch necklace (that’s actually it in the above photo), and my boyfriend bought it for me. What’s funny about my love of pocketwatches, is that I’m always complaining that I never have enough time. I guess you can wear it around your neck all you want, but that doesn’t mean you’re getting any more of it.
Lately, I’m trying to focus on carving out more art time. I haven’t been all that successful. I got a really cool screen printing kit for my birthday (three months ago) and STILL haven’t had a chance to use it. With two kids, a full time job, an hour (ish) commute to work and all the regular household chores, it’s been pretty near impossible to squeeze much “me time” out of the day. Plus, art is messy. I remember the days when I used to lay on the floor and work on a project, supplies spread out in a semi-circle all around me. I could work for 6-10 hours at a time, then get up, leave everything where it was, and return to it when it pleased. Nowadays….not so much. But I need that outlet or I start feeling….unbalanced. Like something very important is missing.
I’m thinking I may need to change my approach for a while. I need to work with things that can be done in five, ten, maybe fifteen minute increments. Photography? It only takes a microsecond to snap a photo. It’s something I can do with the kids in tow. Even better, my oldest loves taking pictures. Give her my old digital to use, and away we go. Best of all, it’s so much fun sparking her creative side.
Maybe this lack of time is good for me. I tend to be super methodical and precise with my artwork. Take a look at one of my kaleidoscope pictures if you don’t believe me. Maybe this will teach me to work on the fly a little better. Throw down a quick sketch without getting bogged down with details. Compose a great photo without taking ten minutes to play with the camera settings. See the big picture, capture the moment, and come back to it later.
After all…life isn’t slowing down anytime soon.