Ah it's the weekend! Now that I am focusing on my art business Mon-Fri, I've made a conscious decision to step back a bit from painting on the weekends. I'll admit, the little people in my life have made it pretty clear that there needs to be boundaries! Some weekends it's unavoidable, I might have an art market on or need to meet a client, but unless it's something I absolutely have to do, I am taking the approach that it can wait!
Having boundaries between my art life and family life is something that I have struggled with ever since I started my art business. Creativity is a wild and unpredictable beast, you just don't when it is going to strike and it's hard to get it to turn up on schedule.
Initially, I felt like every creative urge needed to be acted upon or else it would be lost forever but I've come to realise that there will always be new urges and in the long run, I know that my creative being flourishes when I take a more holistic approach to life. And while I can't get creativity to show up exactly when I want, i.e. at the dedicated times in my diary, the important thing is that I show up for those studio sessions and do my best in that time.
After school and on the weekends is time to put the brushes down and explore other types of creativity. It doesn't mean I stop being creative, it's just a bit more 'undercover' so my kids don't notice!!! Mostly, this is the time when I relax and unwind while gathering inspiration. I take the kids on walks, listen to Podcasts, read books, tune in to a bit of Netflix and just potter around the home and garden. I've grown to really love this time, to the point that if my kids are out or they give me permission to paint (yep, that actually happens sometimes), I often find myself choosing not to.
To be honest, I was pretty obsessive with my painting for a while, it was kind of like when you fall in love with someone and you just want to spend every minute with them. Now though, it's more like my paints and I can be in the same room and we don't always have to be talking! I think it's a different phase in our relationship but it's just as or perhaps even more fulfilling.
Enjoy your weekend and I'll be back tomorrow Xx