Over the summer I met Don Gorvett, a printmaker in Portsmouth, N.H. We fell into a lengthy conversation about making time for art and, although a complete stranger, he was extremely encouraging to me as an artist and I left his studio quite inspired.
I had mentioned how I took a printmaking class in college and how much I enjoyed/missed it. He said that artists often don’t give themselves time to create because they don’t feel it’s a “valuable” use of their time when there are so many things “to do” – when it’s actually invaluable.
By the end of our conversation he and my husband were discussing the specs of my artist studio shed. (Is this not the ultimate dream of every writer/artist?!?)
I have another friend who constantly asks me what I am working on. (Hi Audrey!) And I keep having to say nothing! I’ve been thinking a lot about reincorporating the arts into my free time again. I haven’t dedicated time to art since school. The same was true of writing until I ran into another old friend, and since then I’ve been writing here. Who knows where this push will take me?
On another note, Don Gorvett is an incredible woodcut printmaker whose pieces often feature New England landscapes. Maybe one day one of his pieces will grace our home.
Between my design work, photo editing and all my DIYing it feels like I’m in my creating world a lot – but that’s not necessarily true.
Another thing that Don said to me that has stayed with me is that if I’m not pursuing my art, I’m leaving a part of myself behind. He encouraged my husband to make me stick with it as well.
Now about that artist shed… Ummm yup, I think I could make do in something like this:
Whether I’d be inclined to let paint fly in a beautiful shed like that is another story.
What personal passions have you been ignoring? How do you make time for them?