Artist’s Stress and Maintaining a Balanced Life
In a recent conversation with other artists, we discussed the pressures of making a living from painting and being creative. Some of this produces good stress, while some of it is…..well let’s just say it’s stress none the less! It’s really about how much pressure we can put on our creative selves. Trying to find the simple balance between work and family and life in general and trying to stay on task for work. I’m sure some of you can relate to these feelings.
From my personal experience, I think painting for the heart and painting for the pocket are two different approaches to the canvas. One is play and one is work. When it flows from the heart it’s spontaneous and can lift the spirits higher than the finest wine can. When its work it requires meeting deadlines, painting for sale, it then becomes an analytic process where each brush stroke must be thought about, described with the spoken and written word and shared for others to critique or learn from. It’s a whole different painting process where we need to factor into our time and how we still maintain our love of the brush. Do you think so too?
Time management and discipline play a big role, yes… might we factor in guilt for being too artistically driven or taking time away from family life? Then the stress meter starts to climb. Step away from the work and take time to smell the roses and the stress meter rises a little higher…the guilt gremlins start whispering in your ear. “Yes, No, Yes, No” With one foot in each world, we artists need sometimes shake our heads. Is it really a fine line we walk between love and…that bad word that rhymes with bait! LOL! I would love to hear your thoughts on this because I can’t be alone? I still love all aspects of my world and wouldn’t trade my art and creativity or family for the world, but it’s just nice to know if and when fellow artists experience the same stresses, we are not so alone.
…and she was dreaming…”I want to live in a stress free world…yeah! yeah!” LOL!