Wednesday, June 6, 2007

All About Energy

Early Summer Edges, 2007, Oil on Panel, 12x16

Well, tomorrow I am off for a few days to visit my mother.

I'll be back on Tuesday, but holy cow, things are gonna have to change! My daily schedule has slid into terrible disrepair over the last few months, ok, maybe closer to a year. I have gotten into the habit of sitting at the computer for a good part of the morning each day, taking care of blog related things (and we all know how much time that can take up!) and dealing with business and personal correspondence. This would be fine except it does tend to suck up most of my energy and by the time I get to work in my studio around noon, I am not always feeling it. I have managed to get by without it really affecting my work but I miss being really excited about painting. I am letting my energy drain away each day before I even get a chance to use it.

So I have to reorganize my days. I am going to get to work right away each morning and then do the office and blog stuff int the afternoons. Hopefully that will do the trick and get me motivated again. I am saying this all, out loud and in public because then I will actually do it right? Right. Heh.

I also really need to carve out a few hours a week to just play around with something besides oil painting and glazes. I should get myself over to the figure drawing classes on Monday nights as well. Doing other kinds of art is so important and I can't believe I have just let that go lately either. Time and space have been an issue there, but really, it's all about energy.

And I want mine back.


Lisa Call said...

Computers are downright evil. Clearly - here is yet more proof. I often want to toss mine out the window (after read a last few more blogs).

Tracy Helgeson said...

Lisa, I also considered ending my blog, but I really like being able to document my work that way, plus I like the community aspect of it.

So cutting back a bit is my goal for now:) After I read a few more blogs..

GiselleG said...

Hi Tracy,
I've recently discovered your blog and am finally coming out of lurking to post.
Like you, I'm a painter, mom to 2 kids, and a novice but determined gardener. I don't have chickens, but I do have a dog. And a frog.
Oh, the point of my post? I took my 3 year old to the library today where I saw this:
You might actually own this already, but I thought you needed to know that this existed.
Also, a week or so back the NYTImes had an article about a family who raised chickens in their Manhattan apartment. You should check that one out. The cage that they made was really beautiful & architectural.

Lauren said...

Sounds like a good plan Tracey, and after all that painting a nice wind down reading blogs could be just what you need.

Karen Jacobs said...

Thought I had written that post! Some things never change, I've been telling myself to get out of the chair and MOVE since my first computer many years ago.

Lynnea said...

Please don't end the blog. Its fun to come see your work and read about you killing chickens and making cheese.

Tracy Helgeson said...

Hi Giselle, Thanks for de-lurking, I am glad you did! Love the chicken book, thanks for the link. I look forward to reading through your blog. Sounds like we have a few things in common!

Well, we'll see Lauren. It sounds good, but so far I haven;t done too well with it!

Karen, WHAT? You mean you send too much time at the computer too?!

Maggie, I don't think I will end the blog, at least not for awhile. It's the only place that I can justify talking about myself so much:)

And we all sure need more chicken killing stories, right? ha