Finding The Time

  There are times in our lives when we all feel overwhelmed with life tasks that need of have to be done.  I can't tell you how many times I have thought, "If only I had the time to..."
  I am learning that I can accomplish a surprising amount of things when I stop overloading myself, lesson the work load and use even a little bit of my time every day to clear my head and let all the garbage float away.  I've seen this referred to as "Eating the Elephant".  When you have a big task to accomplish and it feels overwhelming, do just a little  every day and eventually it will be finished. 
  I have also started to plan my days hour by hour and even though things sometimes come up and I often have to adjust my time schedule, I find that I finish most of my daily agenda. 
  Making positive changes in my life has helped fill my paintings with more feeling, more intensity, more life.  I will be heading out to Michigan at the end of summer for a workshop to help with my technical skills and until then, I will be working on my internal skills of seeing and paying closer attention to the landscape surrounding me.  
  Life is a continuous path.
 

On Being A Full Time Artist

        It seems to me that there are many artists out there asking the question, "How do I become a full-time artist?"  
Most artists who are not full time have the dream to leave their day jobs behind and live in the world as purely creative souls.  If I could give this to any of these artists I would not hesitate to grant their wish.  We need as many artists as the human race can support.  
    I can suggest that we all continue trying and let hope remain strong in our spirit, but also, the greatest advice I've heard from multiple sources, is do what you love and do it every day.  EVERY DAY.  Even if you only have 15 minutes while you drink a cup of coffee in the morning, make a little sketch.  This keeps your creative spirit active and involved with your art.  
    There are some wonderful books on art and drawing by Frederick Franck, "The Zen of Seeing" and "Life Drawing Life" are the two I've read.  In them he writes about drawing the "1000 things around you" and how this exercise keeps your skills growing and improving and at the same time you have fun.  It doesn't matter if they suck or are great, no one has to see them, they are only for you and your artist self.
    I carry a sketch book with me almost everywhere I go just in case the mood strikes me and I find an image I want to save.  I think of myself as an artist, I act as an artist, therefore, I am an artist.
Life is beautiful!
Thanks for reading,
Jennifer