Not so long ago, I was asked how I make time for art with everything else going on in my life. There’s work (four days per week), studying for my Masters degree and of course the day to day commitments such as trying to stay fit, maintain relationships, chores, mucking around with my crazy and energetic kelpie and being a good partner to my husband, who also happens to be studying.
I suppose sometimes it might have been easier had I chosen a straightforward vocation with a set career path, but like it or not, I’m hooked now I can’t do without the art - at the risk of trotting out a tired cliche, it chose me. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a Doctor, a Lawyer or something with a very clear set of steps to success, I wanted to be the next Walt Disney! There’s nothing like making life as hard as possible for oneself, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
People say to me ‘I couldn’t do it’ in reference to the late nights, the lack of weekends (it’s the only time I get to spend a solid amount of time in the studio) and the ‘second shift’ of coming home from work just to jump right into working on my thesis. I say it depends on your idea of fun; when you love to study and to make art it doesn’t feel like a chore, it is something that I look forward to and can’t wait to do every day.
Here are a few simple ways that I find time:
Having said all of this, these tips are all useful tools that keep me on top of my life but at the end of the day you make time for the things you love. No list or fancy CRM is going to make you work if you don’t love what you do. Finding that thing you can't live without is a whole other story..
With absolutely no expectations, I submitted 2 entries to the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016 Poster Design competition. Entries were received from all of the world, 500 in total so I didn't expect to get very far. Imagine my surprise then when I found out that my work was one of the last 30 finalists! Ultimately I didn't take out the prize, but to be shortlisted out of 500 entries was a great boost. Here are my two entries, the more colourful of the two was shortlisted. Check out the very cool overall winner here: http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/kaleidoscope-of-possibilities-set-for-2016-adelaide-fringe
In February and March 2015, I was introduced to the wonderful world of mural painting. This came about by pure chance as I participated in the Adelaide Art Walk as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Matt Farrell, live music enthusiast, owner of the Melbourne Street Laundromat and all round top bloke agreed to let me paint the walls of his business and the result turned out to be great fun, if a little precarious at times as I perched over clothes dryers and top loaders with a musician strumming away about 1 - 2 metres away from me. Artist Josh Hobbs was also present showing his multi-disciplinary art works.
Progress shots are below but to view the finished work click HERE
What this ignited was a love of painting on walls - the ultimate blank canvas. As a result, I am like a junkie looking for my next fix, every wall is potentially the next hit. Fortunately for me I have another opportunity coming up to get another taste with the West End Art Walk in August as part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA). Watch this space, I am collaborating with super talented Artist Monica Prichard who is bursting with ideas so we’ll see where this goes - Oh the possibilities!!
With credit to Sarah Spencer for this linked article from The Advertiser/Adelaide Now
William Kentridge’s video talking about his work ‘Return’ sees him speaking of ‘disintegration and re-gathering’ where what appears at first to be nonsensical, upon finding the right angle or view, it becomes something that makes sense; ‘Chaos finding its own order’. This is a man who has many insightful opinions, not to mention a great talent with a unique approach to making his work. What I wouldn’t do to ‘pick his brains’. Do yourself a favour and take three minutes to listen to this wonderful and inventive Artist’s words.
With credit to Art21 for this video