Hydrangeas in progress, ink & watercolor

Hydrangeas in progress, ink & watercolor

We had a sunny day after months of rain, so I took a walk around my garden. I was happy to see the hydrangeas coming back after having been cut down to little woody stalks. The three I’d planted after the comical hydrangea planting fiasco were all sprouting and there was a new one, a volunteer that appeared on its own volition.

And I too feel cut down to my woody stems, stretched thin by all I try to do.

So I’ve been thinking about who I am as an artist, who I want to be, what work brings me the most joy or the most suffering, my artistic strengths and weaknesses, and how I can make the time I spend on art as satisfying as possible.

I’m so grateful for artist friends like Barbara and my sister, who are good listeners and understand the challenge of having so many (too many?) interests and artistic pursuits to follow. Or, as Barbara writes, we’re “Never Bored” (or “Never B-ed” as she spelled it, for reasons she explains in her blog post).

Ultimately my goal is a more balanced life; I know that to stay healthy, along with time for art, I need to make more time for exercise, relaxation and play. (And some of my best art-making has been play; it just doesn’t have to be so darn serious!)

And like my hydrangeas, some good ideas are starting to bud and bloom about how I can nurture my most rewarding art pursuits now, while putting off or letting go of the others until more of my time is my own.

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  1. It’s difficult to make choices sometimes, but make them we must! You already do more than most people – be easy on yourself.

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  2. With all of the distractions available, life certainly is a juggling act. I hope you come up with a balance that feels good to you. And certainly hope it continues frequent blog posts from your journal!

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    • Thanks Carol, I did take a little break from posting (mostly because I was just too tired after several really full days of good stuff to stay up late doing it) but now I think I’m back on track and really happy at some art and life progress! Jana

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  3. I do hope you find your balance, but like Carol, I’m hoping that it doesn’t affect your posting! (Selfish of me, I know!) Love your sketches here. I think my hydrangeas didn’t make it through the freezes, even thought we covered them.

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    • Well it did seem to affect my posting this week. I’m a bit behind, but I’ve had a wonderful painting breakthrough AND made time for exercise, sleep and family time. And now I think I’m back on track. Yay! And thanks for saying that…nice to know someone cares! I hope your hydrangeas make it back! Jana

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  4. I struggle with those exact same issues. Especially when I try to keep up with art friends online, yet I know I should be exercising/cleaning/spending time with family. I try to a little bit each day… Hope you find your balance.

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    • Thanks Krista, I am making progress. Actually joined a dancey-exercise class which has been great, and have been making time for friends and family and still fitting in art. Even getting some sleep. House-cleaning, well, not so much though. Jana

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  5. I had a wonderful time going through your posts I have missed because…well……from being to busy.
    Hugs
    pat

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  6. Dear Jana there is no better therapy than nejoying your blog after surviving an 8.8 earthquake and tsunami.From Chile with love

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    • Oh dear Victor! I didn’t know you were in Chile! Your email address says .uk so I assumed you were in the UK. I’m so glad to hear you survived OK. Do you live there or were you visiting? Is your home OK? As you probably know, I live in California which has earthquakes all the time and have been through a couple of “big” ones but nothing like the one you’ve been through.

      Is there anything you need that I could help with? Please don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks so much for writing! Jana

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