I missed painting the most.
My kiddos are getting older, as is evident by the fact that Anna Ruth has her first loose tooth. Loose teeth actually, seeing as both her bottom, front teeth are loose.
She's also registered for kindergarten and nap times are a thing of the past. We still do an afternoon quiet time a few days a week, but it is short and sweet. I've often said how much I adore my kids growing up, and I do! Creatively speaking I've found it very tricky to have time to paint, gone are the afternoons of tucking away in the craft room.
I was reflecting on this new season and feeling like I might not ever paint again. And that's what I missed the most, the painting. But then I decided to change my perspective. I could be like a lot of people and complain about the lack of _____________ or I could just happily roll with the seasons, instead focusing on what I can do. Why bother, you ask? I've often heard moms say they just don't have time for anything for themselves or even say that they'll wait 'till their kids are grown.
I must not be cut from the same cloth because I need to express myself artistically and creatively just as much as I need breakfast and my morning coffee. It's good medicine for my mind and soul and life. A book I read recently really inspired these thoughts (more on the book later) and so I've decided to embrace my art within the time frame I have. One afternoon recently the girls and I set up our paints and paper on the back deck, each of us content in our own artsy world. They painted for quite a while with me and it was precious. Then they were off, running in the yard and I finished up this little painting.
I don't even know why I like it, but I do. I really, really do. This painting went through the normal creative cycle for me, meaning at some point I really DIDN'T like it at all, but I kept going.
Once I felt like the painting was finished I almost literally heard it speak to me, as if to say "See, all that joy and color and art is still in there".
What name would you give this painting?
Do you share an understanding of the creative time crunch?
**And please don't share/remind me that my time will shrink as my kids get older. :) I already get that and being reminded of it constantly sends my anxiety through the roof! Thank-you kindly***