Recently I’ve had several people comment that they don’t know how I have the time to make art with two small children. From a different perspective it seems like somehow I have so much free time. Let me tell you friends, this is NOT the case!
I have to fight for time to create art everyday.
It’s as much of a mental fight as it is a physical one.
It’s a fight knowing that some days I won’t get even five minuets of time to create and I have to let that go. It’s a fight when I have amazing ideas while feeding my baby in the middle of the night and I know that I won’t be able to get to those ideas for a while.
It’s a fight that I don’t always win. Some days I fight and fight and exhaust myself just trying to get one artsy ‘thing’ accomplished. Some days I’m too overcome with fatigue to even try to create art. When kids are napping do I work on my latest painting or do I nap with them? Or do I simply get caught up on all the housework that never ends?
When I win the fight it doesn’t mean that I had my best art day ever. Sometimes it just means that I made it! I made it through and snatched a minuet or two to create something.
If I’m being honest, I get maybe one good, solid hour a week where I’m not interrupted and I can truly focus on my artwork. Sometimes I only get that one golden hour every two weeks. This is just my phase of life at the moment.
I want to make every minuet count. All the minuets that I spend with my girls, and all the minuets that I don’t. So I fight for every small minute. Time taken in all the small moments will add up to bigger results-eventually. Its a fight trusting this process and trusting the small moments to add up.
There are some fights worth fighting for, and for me, art is one of those fights.
Oh Hey! it's me, Amy
These are stories about my art, experiences I've had in my career, and some other fun stuff too. I will probably overshare, I can't help it when I'm writing. Get cozy, these are great rainy day reads!