I've decided to make Wednesday my creative work day. This is when I spend a few hours, maybe even most of the day, just writing or painting, without feeling guilty about neglecting my 'normal' work.
Well, that's the idea anyway. I still do find myself squeezing in some housework or editing articles for work for a couple of hours. These days, it's even harder to concentrate as I have the kids with me all the time. (Yes, I'm one of those parents who can't wait for the summer holidays to be over!)
So yes, it's a struggle. To make things a little bit easier for myself, I normally do my paintings on small canvasses for now, usually 5" x 7" canvas boards. They take a maximum of four hours to finish, as long as I have a clear idea of how they're going to look to begin with.
Oh, and I have a new painting material—oil paint sticks. These babies are quite pricey but they do last for ages and they give a lovely smooth creamy finish when you're painting skin.
I have no idea yet where to take my work. I feel the urge to move forward with my art, but the how isn't clear yet. There are thoughts on expanding my teaching, designing a product line or two, and selling prints off my portfolio. I'm not sure yet. My mind's a bit muddled these days, but I think it will be a lot clearer once this summer haze has cleared up.