I suppose it's lucky that days are passing extraordinarily quickly; these days seem so unwieldy and huge. My workplace suffered a violent event last week, and adjusting to the sudden extreme understaffing and rock-bottom morale feels a bit like someone flipped the table on this board game. It's been a long while since my future, our future, has felt so... uncertain.
Home life is a wonderful touchstone. No matter how crazy and impossible my day gets, as soon as I get home I know my kitties will be sweet and snuggly, my husband will put up with my stories and Netflix will show some kind of movie to replace real life for a couple of hours before sleep happens and it all starts over again.
My point is, I've been busy. I've let inspiration fall through the cracks. I have a job to do, here. I'm here to illustrate a story for children. Big projects seem so big, and when they seem so big, I stare up at them in awe and a little bit of dread. I spend more time staring than I do finishing!
How do you find motivation when your day has been so hectic and crazy and all you want to do is lay down and pretend to be someone else for just a little while?
I'm at least halfway through this project now. All I have to do is sit down and start the pencil sketch, and after that, the act of painting seems so easy-going. It's doing that first sitting down and planning that is so important and tricky.
What's your trick? Scheduling a time? Dragging in a friend? Setting a daily routine? Playing music? I'm curious.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?