Caroline Henry Art Blog
It has been almost three-fourths of a year since I retired from my teaching job, and I am still working on organizing my day without the job schedule dictating any of my time. For years I grabbed painting time when I could in the early morning hours or on weekends, and I plunged in deeply during vacations. From something I wrote during that time:
I'd been growing hungrier and gungrier to paint those last few weeks. At last summer break spread out like a pool of time. I dived in and have only just come up for air The flavor of pigment spreading on we paper was almost too sweet to bear. Shadows, rich and dark like chocolate, formed in sensual delight giving depth to flat planes. Greens as crisp as new lettuce, reds juicy as summer tomatoes,....
And so on it went. Now time management is a different problem entirely. The tyranny of freedom, so to speak. As many hours available to art pursuits as I so choose, within the framework of a life's normal contacts and commitments. I've been playing catch-up on a lot of items in my life which sort of piled up in the last couple of years when my job's demands actually intensified--no acting retired on the job as a few folks manage to do. While I have stepped up the time in which I make art, market, build art contacts, and such, I haven't established a routine schedule of any kind. It is my nature to make a list, establish a structure, etc. I'm not right brained enough to be happily random.
I'm wondering how other artists whose time is entirely self-scheduled organized their lives to find an appropriate balance between creative activity, marketing, other art related activities, and the rest of life.
The photo is a view of my studio, which is in my home with the potential for distraction therein, with the symbolic presence of our antique clock.