Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
Keeping a creative practice while being "too busy" in life means making it realistic and fun. Taking just a few minutes each day will result in an accumulated hour of creative work by weeks end. It is a practice which infers that one does it when it is inconvenient. This is the practice of art, of taking time in life to do the things we live to do, we love to create. Make a commitment to your creative needs by having fun a little at a time each day.
I still find challenges getting to the easel even though I am working less hours being employed. I find other things take over and want to have a piece of my creative well being.
This is what I do when I need to get going and it seems too many things are in the way:
I get a tray and a few simple, inexpensive materials. This will be the art studio. It's portable. I keep it in plain view: on the kitchen counter, dining room table, by the morning coffee chair, on the nightstand. It is absolutely off limits to anyone else.
Starting again to be creative is fun because it requires only one thing: me. I give myself small and doable creative assignments such as: 5 minutes just before anything else in the day. Make a line everytime I walk by. Work in the kitchen for fifteen minutes, paint for five. Before leaving for work, one minute just for me and my paints. Coming home: unwind for fifteen, use my favorite color for five minutes.
Creativity is, afterall ,a natural part of our being, it's a requirement as important and worthy as any type of work we "have to do". This practice is just as important if not more so than anything else. If art and creativity feed your soul like it does mine, you have to do it to know you are not just alive but thriving.
Joyful creativity to all.