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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!

4 comments:

  1. Balance in life is something we struggle with all the time I think. For me, writing and blogging is creative time and I make sure I take it. It's just like exercise and eating right: I know I need that to be healthy overall. School has been a real challenge lately. I get things done, but my heart isn't in them. That's what I'm trying to figure out. The balance I get by making time for everything I need.

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  2. I've been struggling with balance. Always worrying about getting everything else done. But like you said, if you wait until it's all done, you'll never have the time.

    I make time for blogging because it's become so good for me to just write out my thoughts, make gratitude lists, and connect with my creative side. I do it at night usually when my kids are asleep.

    Painting on the other hand is the thing that suffers. So often I don't do it because it seems like no sooner than I've taken the paints out and gotten set up, when something happens and I have to stop. Well, it's been too long. Tomorrow I WILL paint!

    Love your zombie girl, by the way :)

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  3. I haven't had much time to work in my journal lately either...maybe once a week if I'm lucky. And usually by the time I do have a little bit of time to play, I'm so exhausted from everything else that I can't put much into it. Definitely not good!

    I love love love your zombie girl and this has inspired me to try really hard to take some time this week to make art.

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  4. It looks like it was so much fun to create your zombie girl! I really like her! It took a long time to figure out, a really long time, that if I create, everything in my life goes more smoothly. So I actually delay the laundry or dishes or whatever, turn down a lot of stuff, and create. I am much happier that way!
    {sorry if duplicate, first comment errored out}

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