Motivation to Paint
I am embarrassed to admit it, but I have not created any Art since June. I started a new career path in July as an Assistant Principal in a local elementary school. I told myself that when I took this new job I would not lose track of who I really am, an artist and an art teacher.
I have been busy staying involved as an Arts advocate. I have continued to fulfill my duties as President of the Duval Art Teachers Association and attended the Florida Education Association Conference in October. I am remaining an advocate for the Arts regardless of my job title. I think as an administrator it is even more important for me to advocate for the arts. I am proud to say that I am on the Community Advisory Team for the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program here in Jacksonville.
The problem is that I have been neglecting myself. I didn’t realize how much until this week. Earlier this week I received a phone call from a friend I haven’t spoken to in a long time. During out conversation he said, “Dude you really need to start painting, you’re too talented not to.” Although I sometimes question my talent level, I do agree that I need to paint. Then today, while walking around CORK with my family, one of the artists gave me a little pep talk. He basically said, “Stuff will always get in the way of painting.” I know exactly what he was saying. I can always find a reason not to paint. I need to just need to make time.
After getting home today I felt motivated. I started painting on a canvas that I originally started for my son, Jarrod, nearly a year ago. He is an Owl lover. I worked on the painting for nearly two hours until my fatherly duties called me away. I’m glad I did. I know it is early for resolutions, but here are mine.
Draw every day- Yes I know this seems easy, but not necessarily when drawing at work can be frowned upon.
Paint every weekend- I will paint at least two hours every weekend.
So I’m curious… how do you make time to be an artist when you are busy with family and work? Please feel free to share.