How has your approach to painting, your processes, medium, or your inspiration changed since having children?
Since having children, I’ve found that my limited time requires me to be more mindful and intentional with what I create. I’ve found that I don’t have a lot of time for doodling around…I want to create finished work! This means I need to zero in on my goals and what I want to accomplish in any given day (and any given month or year for that matter). I’ve had to really determine what my purpose is with my work so I can make the most of my time when I’m developing it. When I didn’t have a definitive style or plan I felt lost and aimless. I never felt like I accomplished anything. And with a new baby, I ALREADY felt like the day was full of invisible tasks. It just feels GOOD to have a sense of completion and pride in something that’s your own.
Due to my time constraints and safety issues (especially now with 3 kids) I’ve given up on doing the letterpress cards and stationery I once loved doing (for now!). I’ve also given up my focus on selling prints in my Etsy shop. It was just too much work for me for the return I was getting. I was printing “on demand” and it was getting to be a lot of work just to print one $4.00 greeting card and drive out to the post office twice per week for that. Now, I’m focusing on my original life-long dream to sell original fine art paintings.
Now that people are more comfortable buying these sorts of things online, my dream is coming true! I originally created my paintings in oil, but the solvents and drying time became a huge deterrent. Now, I LOVE using acrylic paints. I had to get used to the different blending quality, but the drying time can’t be beat. I can work quickly (which I love!) and efficiently. I paint in an abstract style now, whereas I used to paint landscapes. It is much more quick and satisfying to express myself through color. I feel I’ve finally “found my groove” and I’m really enjoying my art life now! *Happy Dance!*