The number one question/comment I get from people when they meet me in person or send me an email is… “How do you do it?”, “Where do you find the time with having 3 kids?” Most shake their heads in wonderment and I always jokingly answer, “it’s easy… I just neglect my kids.”
But all kidding aside, the life of a creative person is different from that of, say, my engineer husband. He easily leaves his work at the office. He rarely ever talks about it and if he is thinking about something related to work, it certainly doesn’t show. I, on the other hand, can’t turn my brain off. I am always, always, thinking about something bead/jewelry/art related. (This post was actually thought of while driving to my sister’s apartment to help her move.) I really think it is the “not turning off” of my thinking that keeps driving me to do what I do.
Time is everywhere. Sometimes it seems to be moving faster then at other times, but it is always there. What I have found to work for me is routine. Not scheduled, hard core to the minute kinda routine, but just a general “sameness”. I get up in the morning, I pick up the house while the kids are getting their breakfast before school.
My studio is near my laundry room so I can throw in a load before I set to work on something (although more often then not this laundry loading thing rarely happens). I have also found that involving my kids (especially my 4yr old who is home with me) in what I do is a tremendous time saver. Lauren has her own bead bowl and while I work on a necklace, I give her a piece of wire to make her own necklace too. I ask my boys, “what do you think of these new colors I used?” Not only does it give me a dead honest critique, I think it helps develop their artist “eye” and creative “genes”. While the kids are at school, and Lauren is at preschool, I have 3 hours of uninterupted alone time with my torch. And I usually have been thinking all morning about what I will do during my torch time later in the day.
Okay, okay… so that is the easy part, right? What about running earrands, and soccer games, and the rest of everyone’s busy life? Well for me… trips to Target are an awesome opportunity to find inspiration (the bedding section has really great ideas). Car rides let me write commentary in my head (it is like a running dialog, everything from blog posts to new item descriptions get tossed around). Soccer games let me chat and network a bit with others and I always have a sketch book around to jot down “AH-HA” ideas that pop into my head (watch what other people are wearing, for me it always sparks ideas… “I could so make that better” is what I am usually thinking).
So here is what I want you to get out of this… next time you are complaining to yourself that you don’t have “time to create” start looking for time. It’s there, really, it is. Turn off the TV… bring your latest project out on the deck while you watch the kids in the pool… keep a notepad in the car and write down color combos you see and love… read your emails while Barney is on and when it is over, turn off the computer and let your kids help with your next project. No one ever said being creative was easy… and those that think it is have never tried it.
Kerry Bogert is blogging about her glass art beads and jewelry from her home studio in Ontario NY. Check her work at www.kabsconcepts.com.