The theme for the month of August for the Creative Every Day Challenge is “red.” I love red because of its boldness. I often work in bright colors so this theme fits me perfectly. This weekend I worked on two pieces in red. One is a drawing that will be a reminder to me that time to do my artwork can be found anywhere, if I look for it; the other is a card that is a tribute to a friend, my art buddy, with whom I spent Saturday being artsy and having a fabulous time. (I got the paper for the card on our art store trip.)
My drawing is a mixed media work in colored pencil, sharpie and pencil. I began working on it a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to really sit down and finish it. I finally got the bulk of the color on it on Saturday as I sat in the parking lot of Lowe’s at 5:30 a.m.–no make up on, wild ponytail–waiting for the store to open at 6 a.m. so I could take advantage of the tax-free holiday and return home to get on my computer to apply for a state rebate for the new refrigerator that I bought. (Ridiculous what some people will do for a good deal, right?) So there I was, half asleep, working my little color pencils.
I mention this because my art buddy and I talked about “time” this weekend–how there is never, ever, enough of it to do all the things we want. We both have so many creative ideas buzzing in our heads, poking and prodding us all the time, but, ah, time…. But I told my very talented friend that I’ve decided that there is not some magical Time Fairy Godmother who is going to swoop down and bestow upon us perfect blocks of time to get our artwork done. So we have to just steal those little moments here and there to accomplish little goals that build up to finished pieces. Coming to terms with that has helped me do what I can when I can, and freed me from feeling guilty about not being able to get EVERYTHING done all the time. And sometimes this is not pretty. Sometimes choosing to steal some art time means the dishes will sit in the sink or the laundry will remain unfolded, but, hey, sorry cups and saucers and wrinkled blouse, I choose me. And, how blessed are we to have so much talent and creative ideas that we have to struggle to find buckets of time to hold it all?
The drawing is called “Queen of Hearts.” Note the sweetness of the face and the condition of the hearts. 🙂
“Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.”