Time, blog #8

Christeen Street Studios Weekly Blog

No this is not a nod to the Pink Floyd song we all know and love, I need more time dedicated to create! Yes, getting right to the point today, it is frustrating when you are being pulled in every direction, and time to yourself is well non-existent. I am sure most of you have been there as well, we all have families and lives and when your job is to create but not an actual 9 to 5 paying job, your work comes last. It actually comes in beyond last honestly; every little thing is supposed to take precedence over your art. Cleaning, cooking, laundry, the animals and or kids if you have them, your spouse’s needs, quality time with the family, your over emotional mother that cares not about what you have going on, but more so about you entertaining her talking about her day… again.

Yes, you should put aside what you are trying to accomplish to listen and deal with everyone else’s day and problems, and of course cater to their needs. Then when a week or so goes by without you being able to find the time to create, everyone asks the question why haven’t you painted? They act completely surprised that you have not been able to produce painting after painting like a factory since your home all day, doing nothing.

Nothing… that is a big word isn’t it, and yes it may appear you do nothing but sit at home and eat your bon bons and drink wine, but really you are rushing around to get everything done so when the family does get home you can sit and spend that ever precious quality time with them. Wow, now I feel like my Grandmother!

So where is the balance? Do you get up at five in the morning to try to get something done for yourself before everyone else is up pulling at you? Do you stay up late after everyone has gone to bed? Perhaps when you wake at 2 a.m. to pee you should get up and try to knock out a painting then.

It’s bad enough you feel, well I feel less than for not having that 9 to 5 job, for not bringing home that paycheck. But then to be treated as though what you do that could make you money is so unimportant that watering the plants is supposed to be higher on your priority list then your art is a pretty hard pill to swallow, depressing, and well just plain pisses me off. So what to do, what to do?

I don’t know what will work for you, nor do I have a definitive answer to help you in a similar situation. However, I can tell you what I did. I made it clear that my art is a priority, not dusting or vacuuming the house again this week, my job is my art, period. Yes, I am also a homemaker, but that is not the reason for my existence, nor will my day revolve around that like my Grandmothers days used to. I made this decision to peruse being an artist and I will be damned if anyone tells me, or even treats me otherwise. Therefore, I leave you with this: if you find yourself in a similar situation, stand your up for yourself and make your craft, whatever it is a priority. Once you show everyone that it is a priority to you, they will fall in line. Christeen