The Fine Art of Balance


I know from talking to many others, that having time to paint is something to be grateful for.  Many people have said to me, “I want to paint, to draw and be more creative but I just don’t have time”.  My response usually is, “well I’ve made it my job and I still have difficulty finding time to paint”.  If I had another full-time job, I would not be painting either.

But I’ve also learned that having too much time to paint can actually be counterproductive.  The trick to it all, is the right tension, or balance.  Having limited time to paint can actually aid creativity and focus:  if I don’t do something in these two hours that I have then I won’t have another chance for a couple days.  In this case you don’t have time to question “why” you are doing this you just do it – you are more single minded and there is less inner conflict.

Over time I’ve learned to work despite life instead of waiting for the ideal conditions (a perfect studio, uninterrupted time, unlimited energy, unlimited inspiration) – these things may never happen.

I’ve  discovered that it’s not so much what you do, or how much, but how much you keep yourself balanced that is the key to creativity and happiness.

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise (wo)man.    Euripides

03. March 2014 by Tracy Kobus
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