Monday, February 25, 2013

256/365: The Couch Potato's Sketchbook

Today I made:

family time & a sketch...


No sir, I don't like it. Particularly when I can't seem to muster it after a long day at work, discipline becomes the enemy. It makes me feel all sorts of guilty for not being in my art space creating something dazzling. I've seriously cut back on my T.V. watching over the past couple years, but my after-work routine is still not what it needs to be in order for more art to get made...especially when my husband is home to keep me company.

It's oh so hard to pass up on a movie night on a cozy couch with a sweet pup and snuggly husband. Throw in a coffee table smorgasbord-style dinner and I'm done for! I bet there are tumbleweeds blowing through my desolate art space as I type this.

It's not an easy thing to juggle art making, a day job and relationships. But we knew that already.
I'm working on ways to coax myself into my art space after a tiring day, and on reframing my thinking (self-discipline is supposed to be a good thing, right?!) Until then, I've devised a plan for a "Couch Potato Sketchbook." I'm going to start keeping a sketchbook and some pencils under my couch (with the dust bunnies) that I can pull out mid veg session. A doodle is a creative act, after all! I can do a simple sketch or line drawing in between bigger projects in my art space. I can just let my hand go where it will and see what comes out of me- no pressure, just practice and play. One of my Creative Bucket List goals for the year is to fill a sketchbook. My couch doodle sessions will help with this goal!

I think every couch potato should have a sketchbook. A relaxed mind is a creative mind!

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