Someone asked me last week how I found time to paint. Out of reflex I said something like ”You can always find time for the things you love.” Sounds noble, right? Pure b.s. In reality you don’t always do what you love, even if you have time.
The truth is procrastination is the close friend of most creatives—especially those who work under deadlines. In my profession I live in the world of deadlines and know how to make them work for me. I can plan what it takes to complete a task down to the second. Then I can gauge how much distraction I can squeeze in before crisis mode hits.
Anything without a deadline—like painting, blogging, photography, drawing—becomes something I’ll do tomorrow or that free afternoon on Thursday or next Sunday when no one else is home. I like to tell people I have a plan, that I set aside specific times to be at work in the studio. True confession time; I don’t.
This should really come as no surprise if you look at the date of the last blog post. It’s been nine months.
Today’s world provides myriad distractions. Checking texts, email, news headlines and the obligatory visits to Facebook and Twitter steal time and move us farther from doing “what we love.” Add to that family responsibilities, job commitments and what’s new on Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon…I’m sure you get the idea. Procrastination 1, creative pursuit 0.
Truthfully, I work in spurts. I get excited by a new project or vision for something I want to create. In those times you can’t pull the brushes from my hands. That is until I hit a wall. What happens often—and where I am now—is at some point in the process I have a piece “mostly” finished. I love where it is, but I don’t know what to do next. So I wait. And wait some more, but can’t seem to get the last part of the puzzle.
Sometimes I set a piece aside, sometimes I wait, sometimes I paint over everything and start again. The finished project will fall into one of three categories; 1) I'm happy with it (sweet! everyone must love it as much as I do). 2) Someone else finds worth in it (they see something worth looking at so I may let others see it). Or 3) I want to burn it and never think of it again (I suck and I must destroy the evidence). Now you know more that you ever wanted to about my creative process.
I could promise to blog more, paint more, create more but I won’t do that. All I can say is check back often. I'll try my best to provide something new to distract you from the things you love.