Thursday, October 21, 2010

Finding the Balance

Here I am at the Sidney Fine Art Show with both of my accepted pieces on the same panel! I was given special permission to have this picture taken. I would have loved to take more pictures to give the flavour of the show, but it wasn't allowed. It was a wonderful evening and some of the pieces were so outstanding that I felt particularly honoured to be a part of the show.

The past 6 weeks or so have been extremely busy for me. Apart from my day job as a Display Artist, and my family and home commitments (including a small reno), there have been several wonderful art shows that I was fortunate enough to participate in. It's been lots of fun and a whirlwind of activity, but the long and short of it is that I haven't been able to paint as much as I'd like to! How to organize my time? I never have a problem with motivation, I have a problem with time, or at least not having enough of it. Hopefully in the upcoming weeks things will relax a bit and I'll be able to get back in the groove. I try to paint two to three evenings a week and at least one full day on the weekend. How about you? Do you have trouble finding the balance between all the various commitments in your life and getting in your precious painting time? If anyone has any great tips on how to manage their painting schedule, I'd love to hear them. In the meantime I'm going to concentrate on getting back to the easel, which is something that I love and that I enjoy sharing with all of you.



  1. Claire, the watermelon slice painting is stunning! I love it! Even though you posted it and said it was 24 X 24, I still didn't visualize it. Showing the painting with you standing alongside reveals its true impact. And you are looking good, too!

    As to your question about time, I can't speak for others, but I find I put myself last when it comes to family obligations. So I don't allow myself to paint until I have finished household chores, and some days I just don't get to paint. I probably should make myself a schedule and stick to it.

  2. Virginia thanks so much for you comments, which I always love. You seem to be so full of energy and enthusiasm. After posting last night I decided that the only change I can make with scheduling, is to formally book my painting times during the weekday evenings with my family, who are all very supportive of my painting. By maybe preparing meals in advance so it's just heating up, and making sure they realize we're eating early, I can etch out a bit more time. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Well Claire, my school deadlines take priority since I've paid $ and I am dedicated to figuring out who I am. I plan my work week. I filter out the housework and renos or I'd go crazy and probably file for divorce lol. I used to be able to have a clean and tidy house but when I had limited mobility I had to let it go so I had practice ignoring housework. I do prefer orderliness but have come to accept it's not possible especially when my kitchen is my studio. I do clean up for company ;-D

  4. Claire, Thank you for your comment on my blog. It has brought me to your site which I have enjoyed quite a bit. Your watermelon painting is beautiful and quite an undertaking.