Tuesday, August 7, 2012

His first painting

I really haven't been able to do much of anything aside from work and take care of the family. Very little "me/free" time has become standard. However, today I decided to find a way to paint and not draw the ire of my preschooler. Today I introduced him to painting. Using Basic Acrylics, a 16x20 canvas' and 2 bushes I let him go to town. I sat next to him with my own smaller canvas to try and grab his attention.

Keeping the attention of a 3 year old is really a futile task. He would paint for a little bit, run away to something else, come back and do the whole thing over again. I tried to paint on his canvas as well so we could paint together. This worked for a little bit. The work around the edges is mine, he is responsible for the middle. I think for a first attempt it's not too bad. I've displayed it here along with my own. Just to prove that I did actually paint today. Let's hope this is a start of a trend.

Painting with my preschooler. Acrylic.

His First Painting

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Creativity Backlog

So much has happened in the past 5 months. And in that time not a single sketch was drawn or picture painted. How devastating is that?! Within these past 5 months I've moved across the country, set up house, started a new job in my actual field (I'm a Dietitian), painted the house (ok, I hired a painter, but I've been busy!), drove back to Iowa for a family emergency, prepared for Christmas which included two rounds of family visits, and that brings us to now...

As much as I really do love my new job, I miss painting so much it's excruciating. I can't even find the time to figure out which box or closet my pencils have been stashed in. Oh yeah, and I have a 2 year old! Pretty much less than nothing has been accomplished on the creativity front. I have an exceptionally large blank canvas waiting for me in my closet that has been patiently waiting for my attention.  However, even as I wrote this I still have no clue when I'll be able to get to it.  I just want my life to settle down a bit, maybe even give me an extra day in the week. That'd be great.

Alas, I will continue to take care of just about everything except for myself.  I know it's a bit melodramatic, but there really is some truth here.  I hope I haven't lost everyone's attention as I really do mean to find a way to get back into things.  For example, I've scouted a plant in the nursing office that would really be a simple step that I could made sketch while I await my patients. I guess we'll just have to wait and see!