Free time has been almost nonexistent for painting and design lately. Both of my kids are cutting teeth and neither is sleeping very much, which means my husband (let’s go with Lion for his animal persona) and I are not getting sleep either. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster of exhaustion and powering though for the past week and a half.
When Lion offered to take little Panda out for a boys morning this past Saturday, I jumped at the offer with desperation. I get a little (ok, A LOT) grumpy if I am not able to have some creative outlet after a few days go by. As the door shut behind them, I hastily grabbed my supplies and began sketching away at this eagle. I snapped this photo at our local zoo on my iPhone.
I wasn’t planning to use this photo for detailing so the contrasty lighting worked for me. I liked how the grass kind of layered a nice composition and the placement of the eagle on the fallen tree branch set a nice line for the eye. I am not very traditional when it comes to wildlife though, so I had this idea of a more floral pattern in the background and a modern pattern through the eagle feathers.
About twenty minutes into working, little fox woke up from his nap and allowed me to lay some light layers down while nibbling away at baby blocks with with his one tooth. An hour after, the boys returned from their outing to present a little fashion show of new summer shorts they picked up. I set the paints aside to dry.
Throughout the rest of the day, I kept stealing away for a few minutes at a time trying to get the dark background painted. When I got to a point of needing to detail something other than solid color, I ran out of my creative leash and set the paints down for good that day. It was time for full time Mom to return.
Things are feeling very incomplete, and I obviously need some time to sit down and build more of a plan for the direction of this painting. Part of me wants to just file it away since I know I won’t have time this week to really play at it. I can’t see the end result, and it’s tugging at me at the same time that the laundry, dishes, kids, gardening, dentist and doctor appointments, and other much more important tasks are. Clearly the balance is lost, and it’s frustrating.
I guess I’m seeking some advice. Have you been in this situation? How do you restore the balance. How do you save your ideas so that you won’t lose them before you get a chance to paint them…if you ever get time to paint them? Also, how do you keep the inspiration and the spirit of the painting going in the space of time it takes to come back to it? Help!