My life is like one big balancing act: attempting to keep an even keel between my family life, our social life (what is left of it these days!), and my art life. I am now devoting every morning that I am home to my art. That means, if we're not in Atlanta or on a trip (or taking my Mom to the Dr.), I am in my studio. Don't call me and ask me to do anything in the morning! The afternoons are now dedicated to other such mundane tasks as running a few errands (C does most of that for me, and I am grateful!), visiting with my Mom, and going to the gym. On Wednesday afternoons I reward myself with two hours of knitting with my wonderful and therapeutic group. I usually try to carve out a few extra hours in the evenings to get back into the art groove.
So, I want to know about you. Are you a full time studio artist? If so, how exactly would you define that term? Does that mean you 'work' in your studio five to six days a week for eight hours? If that is the case, how do you manage the other sectors in your life? Are your friends and family respectful of your studio time, or does it sometimes get ugly with you having to reinforce your rules? Do you work at home or do you have a studio elsewhere? Which do you think is preferable, and why?
We entertained our church dinner group here today for a lovely brunch. I made a cold, marinated bean salad; a potato salad; roasted vegetables; a salad of sliced beets, Balsamic vinegar, and Feta cheese on a bed of baby spinach; and homemade frozen yogurt with caramel sauce. C smoked two of the most delicious pork tenderloins I have ever tasted. We enjoyed them, and then turned to see Barker running off across the kitchen with the remnants! He has been a member of our family for five years, but we're still not used to the fact that he can (and will) nab a tasty tidbit or two off of the kitchen counter! But he's a great dog and I can't fault him for being just that: a dog, can I?
So let me know your thoughts on your art life.........how does it work with your family life, your social life, etc. From what I gather, I have a very indulgent spouse who honors and somewhat understands my need for art time. He never protests, and though he doesn't encourage me he acquiesces to my needs for studio/art time. Please share your personal experiences.