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Friday, November 19, 2010

All Nighters Art Everyday Month Day 19

Fridays are a long day for me,  I generally work until 6:30 or 7:00 at night with a full day of craziness to end the week but it's a day and evening I look forward to all week long. Why?  Because it's the day that I stay up and work on projects full force for as long as my eyes will stay open.  Sometimes that's 12:00 am, but most of the time I'll work until maybe 3:00 in the morning or later. I've pulled all nighters on occasion if my art schedule demanded it. And I love every minute of this uninterrupted creative time
I have a routine that I kinda varied from this evening because I got out a little later than normal from my day job (bankers actually work past 5 o'clock...way past 5 in our ...I love to go and get a hot cup of coffee at the shop which carries a good portion of my work in Southern Pines (Swank Handmade Market and Coffee Shoppe), then I come home and just go to town with my painting projects. I hate to stop because I might not be able to get another few hours in until late on Saturday.  So I work until I can no longer anymore.  Creating while the rest of the world is asleep. I suspect there are a lot of us out there that like to work until the wee hours on whatever project it is that is calling our name.
I like to multitask and have my journal out by my side while painting to put xs paint on or test out stamps. I work in it while pieces are drying or if I need a distraction for a few minutes while I figure out my next steps.

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This evening I'm grateful for the few hours of quiet time to reflect and play with my projects, the week has been long and stressful with lots of things pulling me in directions I'm not sure what way I want to go in and I still don't know what to do or which way to turn.  I do know though that I'm feeling better than I've felt all week because I was able to immerse myself in color and play a bit.  I say play because it hardly feels like work when I paint or market my creative business..can one actually have a job that feels like that??  I am working tonight though....creating lots of things this week that will be going to special homes (secret projects that I can't show because they are Christmas gifts for a few special orders),  class projects for upcoming workshops, and working on a new article I'm sending out (after taking a break from writing for a few months while I caught up with everything)  Hardly.  Fun...absolutely. 
Fridays are the best days of the week :)
Saturdays are great too....they just don't rank as high because I have to put my paint brushes down and mop the floors and actually clean the palace..haha. :)  Reality.  
Oh..and this weekend I suppose I better go and get some food for Thanksgiving!  How did that sneek up so quickly on us???   It'll all work out even if it feels like a lot to get done between my real every day world and my extra fun world  of my creative business.  Focus.  One step at a time, smiling all the while doing the things I love.  If you let stress overcome you while you prepare for the things you love, it takes the joy out of doing them in the first place. I'm determined not to stress out this holiday season juggling my two worlds.
Have a great weekend. I hope you find a few hours of relaxation time to put the stress of your everyday world behind you so you can enjoy the upcoming season in all the ways you want to. Life's too short to not enjoy these moments :)


Elizabeth C. said...

"Breathe. Relax. Enjoy." Thank you for that. I am going to write them down and post it all over my house for the next seven weeks! For the most part I am pretty good about remembering that stressing about something makes it not be fun (for me or my guests or family), but quite frankly, I can always use a reminder. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Theresa said...

Wishing you a great weekend too! Love your work. Just used your tip on slapping that leftover paint on journal pages - Good One!