Monday, May 11, 2009

My slice of the pie

I think it was Tina who tweeted a post that suggested making a pie chart of how you spend your art time. (thanks, tina!) I've been mulling on this.

It's not just my "art pie" I have to manage (just how much is spent ACTUALLY making art?) but my "life pie".

When I think about how few minutes in a week I can actually devote to art, it's a very small slice, indeed! (If only my slices of pecan pie were so slim!!)

And even when I have the time to make art, the time isn't always quality. If I'm exhausted and it's late...what I make will be awful anyway. I have to manage my days better.

But I am resolved to tighten up my time outside of art to make more time for art. ("No sacrifice is too great for art", as Ray Davies says).

I'm finding a lot of success in not sitting. Truly! I usually like to have a nice cup of tea when I get home, but no least not sitting. If I keep on my feet, I get a ton done, and when I finally do sit, I'm half asleep. Half asleep but happy with what I've accomplished, whether it's from the life pie or art pie or both.

I know EXACTLY when I have to leave the house for work...and I straighten up the house every minute between when I'm dressed and I leave...less to do later when the potential to make art is!

And I'm resolved to never blow a whole day on the 'net...which I've done before. Lots. I wasted days arguing over whether the US should or shouldn't start a war in Iraq. Lots of good it did! It did nothing for my art, didn't move me along an inch, yet somehow since it was on an art site, it felt like "art pie".

So I resolve to look very closely at what IS art pie and what just feels like it. Some people want to make art. Some people just want to be artists. If my life pie can't fit in a generous slice of authentic art making...what am I?


Tina Mammoser said...

Wasn't me with the pie chart suggestion, though it rings a bell. Can't remember who though! (I would need 2 pies! haha)

But it's a good task... I might do it.

Robin said...

A large pizza, maybe?? You sure you didn't link a tweet to the pie lady?

Cat-in-a-Box said...

Oh if we're going to use a pizza analogy then I'm on board!!

Robin L Baratta said...

I do love pie, but I'm afraid a pie chart would just how 'bad' I've been about spending too much time procrastinating. I resolve to get my timer out again and to use it to limit time spend on stuff like the Inet.

Lisa Ullrich said...

I think this is a very good idea. I'm juggling a full-time job, school, maintaining a house, and trying to do some art and still have a social life. It is hard to juggle all these things. I am really considering canceling cable because I don't have time for it anyhow. When I do sit down to watch a show, I end up feeling guilty because of all the other things waiting on my to-do list.