Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Shop and Some Guilt

First and foremost... Have I mentioned Anna at Today Illustrated here before? She has a fantastic blog with lots of inspiring photos and messages plus she's a super sweet person. A perfect combination. Now I'm excited to say that she has created her own etsy shop called Little Wild Bird. Isn't that a great name? I love Anna's work a lot. Go check out her store and subscribe to her blog if you haven't already. Her blog is the perfect little boost to lift you off your feet.

Do you remember a post I wrote earlier this summer where I longed to be someone who wakes up super early and tries to get a lot accomplished in the early morning? So I think I'm becoming that person. Yesterday I even got up at 6:30 and worked out! Since I got out of school I feel this weird time struggle all the time. I'm hardly ever on the internet anymore, which means I'm never caught up on all my favorite blog reading, because I always feel this intense guilt if I'm not in my studio. During school I would get up and sit on the internet until about ten or eleven. I would catch up on blogs, post my own blog, look around on facebook and flickr and then finally take a shower and get ready for the day. I would then usually spend the rest of the day in the studio. Now that I have a job I feel like any free minute I have should be in the studio. I'm sure that's not a terrible feeling but sometimes the guilt is too much. It makes me not want to be social or even do simple things like read a book. I feel like I should always be in there working. Do any of you have these feelings? How do you cope with balancing out your life?
I did officially finish my first post-grad piece of artwork. I will get prints made of this and post in Etsy. I would like to start applying to art fairs so I'm really trying to build up my inventory. I have finished several of the house-shaped pieces and I plan to mount those to wood as well as get prints made. That's all coming along slowly. I will keep you updated.
Have a good day today. I'm off work today which would normally mean studio time but it's my best friend's birthday so I'm going to try to put those guilt feelings aside and just enjoy a nice day.
Help! haha.


belinda marshall said...

yep! i know the feeling. i guess what we do takes so much time and emotional energy that it's hard to only half do it! and once you get motivated and in the swing of it . . . it's hard to snap out of it.
have fun today :)

Unknown said...

Wow, Ann, love the artwork! Hope I can see more this way. My brother Jimmy Holladay and I are so proud of you! Love ya, fifth or sixth cousin, Pat Holladay Bennett

Amelia said...

hi there, it's because of Anna, that I discovered your blog! :)

Hope your time making is fruitful, the internet can be a massive, massive time drain, although very helpful too when trying to network and promote - I guess it's trying to get the balance right.

I like your first post-gread piece.