Two months ago I thought I had it all figured out. I was finishing up my first month as Director of Theatre at my small, quiet, liberal arts college and I had received my iPad Pro, which I had planned on focusing on in video tutorials and blog posts. Of course, I had two shows opening in early November and I would be going up for tenure during the same time period, but I had it all planned out. A schedule made. I was prepared.
Come to find out, I was not prepared.
The Snowball Effect
I’ve been teaching for 12 years now. I figured I knew how to keep everything handled. Everything in working order. What I did not expect was for things to begin to snowball. First, there were committee commitments I had not taken into consideration. Then there were additional advisees that needed my attention. Next up was the beginning process of designing a show that opens in February.
And it all piled on.
And of course, my digital art, my passion, ended up taking an unintended hiatus. The longer than expected work hours began to wear on me. When I returned home at the end of a long day, I chose to sit and watch a show and then crash hard. Then up again the next day and do it all over again. This had the effect of keeping me going, as I had jobs to finish.
But I was also missing something. Missing the fun.
For those that don’t know, there is this thing called Inktober. I’m not going to go into the details here, but you can get a bunch of the information at http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober. I decided I would give Inktober a go, thinking that if I could just keep active, I would reignite my passion and maybe release some of the stress from work.
And it worked. At least for a couple of weeks. I had a blast, sketching when I had time and then inking the images at the end of the night. I actually worked both digitally and with actual ink pens. I know, crazy, right! I created this cute little robot character who was the focus for all but one of my Inktober creations.
But eventually, the snowball took effect again. Work overwhelmed me. And I stopped drawing. Instead, it was the same monotonous thing every day. Wake up. Go to work. Come home. Crash.
And then today happened.
Giving Thanks and Finding Passion
My Thanksgiving Day break began yesterday, a quiet Wednesday. I did a bit of work (I know, I am on “vacation”) and then I decided to pick up my art supplies and draw. And then I drew some more. I drew with my daughter. I drew on the couch. I drew to music. I drew off and on for the past two days.
Finally, I realized that I need art.
I had not been giving art it’s due. Often I would make excuses about why I didn’t feel like drawing. Why I didn’t have the motivation to paint. I was “too tired.” I had too much to do. My time could be better spent in other ways. And all of those excuses are just that. Excuses. Roadblocks in my path towards betterment and satisfaction. And I needed a change.
I know that New Years isn’t for another month and a half(ish), but I decided that I needed to get back into my art in a different way. That means some of the posts you are going to see here are not only going to be instructional. But I’m going to share fun posts. Posts about drawing. Posts about digital art. Even posts about photography from time to time as that’s another hobby of mine.
And I’m going to get back to my passion. Because that’s what keeps me motivated when it comes to art. Passion unlocks a world of possibilities. And I plan on giving more time to you, my readers. Time to chat. Time to share art. And time to become stronger in whatever passion that pushes you forward.
Take care my friend, and keep on drawing!