The one thing about being retired is that there are so many fewer decisions to make during a day, which is a good thing! I sleep a bit better than I used to when I worked in part because the weight of those decisions doesn’t keep me up.
Or does it? Lately I’ve been keeping track of the decisions that I make during an unscheduled day. Watercolor or mixed media? Clean the art space or just clear a spot to make more art? Journal or make a piece of art? Make art or watch videos of making art? Work on updating my Etsy site or work to complete pieces to sell on my site? Draw or paint? Exercise or paint? Garden or paint? I’ve found that I’m waking up early with so many decisions on my mind it just can’t shut down. How to corral and control those decisions so they don’t control me?
Sometimes it’s easy. I’m taking an on-line class and there is a finite amount of time to get things done for the lesson. Recently that’s been a watercolor class so I’ve spent lots of time sketching and painting to keep up with the class. I have a few real classes coming up in a few weeks so some time has been taken gathering supplies and preparing for those so I can make the most out of that real time experience.
But sometimes I get antsy – do you too? I’m not very disciplined so that when I’m working in one media, I’m often thinking of what I would do in the other mediums I enjoy. I also am easily sidetracked by new information and pretty pictures so if one of the bloggers I follow has some new product or new technique that fits in my wheelhouse, I find that I want to take off and try it right away!
I have tried some solutions – taking time to write down ideas that I have to save for later so that I don’t forget them while also allowing me to continue on my current path. And that works sometimes. What I find, though, is that I’m anxious to move on from one thing to another probably too fast so that in the end, I’m not doing justice to any of my work! I’ve decided to focus and do better on this – but does anyone have good suggestions for what works best for you?
Right now I’m trying to revive my Etsy site since I’ve let it languish a bit. I really enjoy the conversations and interactions I have with folks who have purchased my work – it brings good vibes and I truly enjoy moving things on to new homes. As part of the reinvigoration, I decided to change my shop name to MKJartworks. The old name came from one of the first email addresses we had way back when email first started – and made sense for John and I, but never made sense as my shop name. The link on the side still works but you’ll note a new name when you visit, which I hope you will!
Enjoy the weekend!