|"Late Night Sketch" ©Toni Ruppert|
I really appreciate all the great feedback I’ve already gotten from folks about the topic of balancing. Hence, I’m doubly determined to balance my art career and motherhood.
Prime example. This week, I took a trip to the art supply store with my little one, Imani--who is also creative. Wanting to help me, she decided to place every colorful thing in our cart. EVERY colorful thing.
I spent the next 30 minutes grabbing paint, paint mediums, oil paint sticks and other stuff she wanted to put in the cart. The only thing that stopped it all was my consent to purchase a wooden ready-to-paint car.
I eventually ended our shopping trip with new canvas, brushes, that wooden car and my child in hand. I was able to do a quick figure study in watercolor(pictured) after she fell asleep. I spent time with my husband talking about the election while painting him(I've included that sketch in this post).
Since this scene may be typical for some other readers, here are my 7 ideas:
- Pray. I believe that one needs divine inspiration to manage it all.
- Allow children to join you on the journey--show them what you’re doing. They’ll love it.
- Grab a buddy--a good girlfriend, spouse, etc, will help keep you sane and accountable. My art buddy Pamela Casey http://artisticimagesbypc.com/ helps keep me sane during our weekly talks.
- Get use to some loss of sleep--my day begins before they awake and I also stay up after they are sleep.
- Commit to your creativity--it helps to say, “I am (an artist, writer, sculptor, etc. )” to all you meet.” In his book The Power of Positive Thinking, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said, “Throw your heart over the wall, and your body will follow.” Once you say it, that’s throwing your head over that wall.
- Get use to the edge--your creative breakthrough lies on the other side of your comfort zone.
- Say No--get use to saying it A LOT.