I get this question or statement a lot about how prolific I am when it comes to making art. So I thought I would discuss how I spend my time creating art.
I think, first of all, it is important to know that I don’t work a full-time job outside of the home. I am a full-time caregiver along with my husband, and we take care of our son, Tucker, who needs 100% care. Before the coronavirus, we had a caregiver who would come and help us. During those times, I would go to my rental studio and work. Sew, paint, sculpt, etc. I consider my time spent creating art as a full-time job.
Now with the quarantine, we are paying the caregiver to stay away. So I have not been going to my rental studio, but work in my home studio instead. I brought some things home to have on hand to keep on creating.
So I had a question on Instagram about how am I so prolific? Well, first of all, I have very high “time management ” skills. That’s key. If you don’t, then, that will make a huge difference in what you can accomplish in a day. And while it seems like I am always on social media, I don’t actually spend a lot of time there. I just post my art, answer questions, and then get back to work. I am also the queen of multi-tasking. My son, Tucker is fed via a g-tube every hour starting from 8 am until 7 pm. I know exactly what I need to get done in those hours. That includes cleaning the house, doing the laundry, feeding the animals, showering, getting Tucker cleaned, dressed and into his wheelchair. Then he gets respiratory treatments as well. Then I have to wash all his equipment when done. And then I have to think about feeding me and my husband. It is very tiring. So I am up and down a thousand times a day (I’ll have to really count one day).
But let’s say, he’s been fed, getting a treatment. laundry is done. dogs are sleeping and I know I have 45 minutes of free time. Then I create. So I create in spurts and always have many different projects working. And I tackle them when I have the time. Maybe if I had the luxury of unaccountable time, then I would spend my time differently. But I don’t.