Finding creative time


an evening at the farm

The busy summer is coming to a close! With the farm work winding down and children going back to school i can now get back into the creative swing of things!

Quick insight about my summer: During the summer i help out on our somewhat small family farm that sells organic food, “Mikes berries, vegetables and more”.  Its operated by my folks Mike and Carolyn Miller. With the help of a few family members and some friends we grow and sell strawberries, over 30 types of garlic, potatoes and other garden goodies using no chemicals, no pesticides.. its a lot of work and hard to find time for making art.

As much as i look forward to summer, it can be a challenge trying to squeeze creative time in! Sometimes my daughter and i do crafts like making journals or decorating envelopes during our nighttime routine before sleep. Its fun and relaxing! Other than summer, I find a great spot when im waiting for my kids to get out of school while sitting in the car! I always take a sketch book and pencils. If your kids are in sports, get your art on while you are at their practice. Pencils, pens, water color pencils or crayons with a water brush, you can set these down, check out your kids athletic moves and it all packs up easily too! Any place where you are parked/sitting and waiting is a chance to grab! The waiting room at the Dr. or dentist office is good! We all know that could be an hour! Watching the kids outside, if im not pushing one on the swing(or swinging myself!), i love making art outside! On a long phone call? Go ahead and doodle.  When life gets busy its important to keep an eye out for times when we can squeeze in the things that refuel us!





Just do it, start.

Joyful is the soul when we first hear its whispers for the soul knows the person can not turn back… I wrote this in my journal the other day and have been thinking about this…I am an artist. I paint. I create. I make stuff that never existed before, its inside of me so deep my soul sings it!! Cant deny it, i cant stuff it into a hobby corner.  Once i knew i needed to pursue a creative life/career and let go of the ” what i think everyone thinks an adult and mother should be doing as a career”, everything changed.. Its scary. The fear of not being taken seriously. The fear of disappointing the very people i look up to.. the fear that maybe im crazy for going for it… in time some of  it softens but i have no choice but to work toward my souls creative calling, its about acceptance.  I will never be happy working in pharmacy or cashiering or stuffed up somewhere in an office wearing shoes.. 🙂   i need this creative life. My soul needs this!

For me, finding other artists has been monumental to the process! Luckily i have stumbled upon a great community of artists through groups such as Journal 52, DLP, Art exchange happy mail love and then Flying Lessons and Art 101: artists supporting artists. So far its mostly women, women that support, share and uplift each other because they understand the artistic life. They understand the artists way of thinking. They understand that need to create and how fulfilling it is. They also know the ups and downs and all about that inner critic. Having understanding folks in my life, even if its online, has really helped turn my thoughts and feelings into a possible reality. Ive been watching others taking steps toward their dreams like picking up a brush again, sharing their art, writing their first blog post :), opening a shop, selling their first painting, learning the business side and stepping out in courage! What an inspiration!  I am so grateful for all of these wonderful folks! Thanks you art friends!

Speaking of taking steps, starting a blog to share my art and my process  is one of mine. When something FEELS like a big deal, it just means that its important to us. People start blogs everyday, all the time. Ive been looking at this wordpress “add new post” for over a month and coming up with excuses like, i dont have finished art to show, what do i really want to share, i dont like how this blog looks and other nit picky stuff. You know what my art  friends say? Just do it! Just do it. Start.They know it will be ok. They know they made their first blog post and are still alive! We all have to start.  So with my free plain blog and no pictures yet i am just going to do it. I dont know how this blog will end up but I am starting. I dont know what im really doing but im starting. Here we go. I am going to post this now… and by that i mean hit “Publish”, not “save draft” and come back later.. lol  🙂  Thank you.