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Exploring Balance with the Zombie Queen

Oh, my.

It's been so long since I've painted. So little time to create means dwindling inspiration and fewer and fewer blog posts, and I don't like that one bit.

This afternoon my shift at work was cancelled, leaving me with three beautiful, empty hours - a block of time perfect for a date with my art journal! The left page became inhabited by a funny zombie-like self portrait, and layers of acrylics, watercolors, india ink, collage, gesso, an image transfer, and self-made envelope made their appearances (as always!).

The spread isn't quite finished; I think I may add some journaling and/or splatter at a later time. But the chance to create - to play and experiment and to lose track of time has relaxed and centered me, and I'm so grateful for that. I simply must spend more weekends (and spare minutes) with my art supplies.

In process..

Miss Zombie

Balancing work and play can be so, so difficult. To Do lists grow ever longer, and, if you are like I am and tell yourself that you'll let yourself paint a page or two after all the must-dos have been finished, you'll never find that time to let your imagination soar. I get so frustrated sometimes with the message we've been taught: finish all your dinner before you may have dessert. In my opinion, letting creativity out to play reenergizes and motivates, allowing more productivity when we return to the more practical goals set for the day. (Or am I perhaps simply justifying the need to create? Do we, in fact, need a reason to allow ourselves to create? If this is what I am doing to myself - wow. My priorities are really out of balance.)

Finished - for the time being. The hand in the lower right corner can
be downloaded here for free!

Tell me, dearests, how do you balance work and play? Do you find yourself setting creativity as a reward for "good" behavior - such as getting the laundry done and washing all the dishes? How can we unlearn the priorities taught to us as children, and incorporate more artistry into our everyday routine?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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