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How to make time for painting

 

It should be simple to make time for painting.  After all this is something that you choose to do, something that you love to do, something that makes you feel good.  So why is it so difficult to find time for something that you enjoy doing so much?

Set the stage and have your paints, canvas and brushes ready.

Set the stage and have your paints, canvas and brushes ready.

 

I’ve asked myself this many times since I returned to my passion of painting.  There has got to be a way to carve out time in the weekly schedule for doing something that you want to do. That thing that fulfills you, that thing that completes you.  The alternative is feeling like something is missing, that feeling of never doing that one thing that you love.

It sucks.  I know because I’ve gone long periods of time in that exact state. Days, weeks, months and yes even years!

Stop making Excuses

I have one day off in the middle of the week.  What I have found is that I’m often re-energizing on that day. Oh, also there’s another part-time job that often fills some of that day, or household chores, or numerous other demands on my time.  Ok, so basically I’m always coming up with excuses and go off in other directions!

It’s time to consider the positive effects of time spent painting: the personal satisfaction, the stress relief, not to mention the end result: a painting that you can be proud of and that others will also enjoy, something to hang in a gallery or even sell.

Set your Personal Goal

If painting is an important personal goal, then it only follows that you should be able to create that time and space in your schedule.  This is your own personal time and you should treat it as an investment in yourself. Make it a priority!

Here’s an idea: perhaps setting a special project that really motivates you and gets you excited will help you make the time.  Like painting a favorite place, a pet or your grandchildren’s portraits. Hmmm, I like that one!

Manage your Time

Managing your time differently will take some imagination.  Can you delegate some chores?  Can you rearrange your schedule? It’s all about strategy!

Set a timer to control the amount of time you spend on other things.  Need to do housework? Only spend a half hour at it and leave more time for painting.

There are those things in your schedule that you have to do.  You can’t change that. You could perhaps spend less time at preparing and eating meals for example.  I have a part-time job that helps pay my bills and I am committed to certain hours on certain days.

Maybe you’ll have to get up extra early on some times to find the time, if you have a full and busy schedule.

If you keep a calendar, it’s a good idea to actually block off the time and even send yourself a reminder. You only have yourself to answer to if you don’t honor that time.

Set a Schedule

What is needed is to set up a schedule and stick to it.  No excuses, no interruptions, no intrusions!  This is a time set aside and needs to be honored! You choose exactly how much time you will spend on painting. Maybe you have to cut some time from other time commitments. Make that day the day you order take out, go out for dinner or have your partner do the cooking that day.  Now you’ve saved time to put toward painting!

Set up the time as though it was a class you were attending.  Create post-it notes to remind yourself of the time you’ve set aside and stick them on where you’ll notice them: on the fridge, bathroom mirror, computer screen, etc.

Set the Stage

Create that physical space in your home where you can go and close the door.  Set up your paints, easel and brushes so that the scene is set, like setting a table.  Just waiting for you!

I truly believe that if you feel strongly about setting a goal, then following with a set schedule, you can create that time to paint that you long for!

 

 

 

The Kayaker

Posted by on May 26, 2020 in Gallery | 0 comments

The Kayaker

We are so fortunate to live in an area where we are surrounded by a gazillion lakes. And though we have long winters, when summer rolls in we are more than rewarded with sunny days, clear skies and fresh clean northern air! And with all these lakes, you can bet we are all over them…fishing, swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, jet skiing, and my favourite: kayaking. The Kayaker 12″ x 16″ Cost: $150 Kayaking is a great way to get around on the lakes. They’re lightweight and convenient for a single person to transport. My sister and I are out quite a bit on Lake Lauzon with our kayaks, which is what inspired me to paint this...

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Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Gallery | 0 comments

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The sun was setting over the dock and cast a warm orange glow over everything.24″ x 48″ – SOLD We’ve spent countless evenings sitting on the dock at my brother and sister- in-law’s cottage on Dunlop Lake watching the sun go down. These summer nights seem so endless. But here in northern Ontario, our summers are short and we’ve come to appreciate these warm evenings long after they have...

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Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Gallery | 0 comments

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in Gallery | 0 comments

The Boys

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Hibiscus Joy

Posted by on Mar 17, 2020 in Gallery | 0 comments

Hibiscus Joy

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Posted by on Mar 17, 2020 in Gallery | 0 comments

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2020 in Gallery | 0 comments

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Golden Forest

Posted by on Feb 16, 2020 in Gallery | 0 comments

Golden Forest

Sometimes you might find yourself in the middle of a forest in the fall totally surrounded by birch trees and yellow leaves. You might feel as though you are lost in a sea of golden leaves. Golden leaves and birch trees make an exciting combination. 12″ x 16″ acrylic painting. Price: $75.00 + tax and...

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Angels Among Us

Posted by on Nov 10, 2019 in Gallery | 0 comments

Angels Among Us

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Gallery | 0 comments

Good Morning Estepona!

This painting was inspired by the view from the balcony where I stood in the spring of 2018 when we visited Estepona, Spain. We arrived late the evening prior. After organizing the essentials and changing into fresh clothes we headed out to the nearby streets in search of a place to eat. This proved easy since most eateries open late for dinner in Spain. It was the eve of the May 1 holiday weekend, and the streets were full of bustling crowds of people of all ages—a mix of tourists and nationals. How exciting it all was! The next morning, I ran to the top of the apartment and looked out from the terrace to look upon this scene. “You can see the Rock of Gibraltar on a clear day”, we were told. And there it was in the distance. The sun had not yet made its way over the square below, just kissing some of the roof tops. And just beyond I could see the ocean, the sand and the palm trees. Good morning, Estepona! We have arrived. I was intrigued by the perspective of the buildings from where I stood. So many angles, but all pointing to the sunlit ocean and palm tree in the distance. The colours and shadows were interesting too. I played around with the oranges, creamy whites, and purple hues, changing them until I was satisfied with the end...

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