My Struggle With Time

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” J.R.R. Tolkien

While I have been an artist, a creative, in one way or another, all of my life, I came to Art Quilting not quite two years ago. I am in love with this medium and all its various methods of execution. There are so many techniques to make and embellish my designs. With Art Quilting there is so much to learn that I am never bored. I am eager to learn and create! In fact, there is so much to learn and create that right now I am struggling with the feeling that I will never have enough time to do all that I want to do. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all I have on my plate: my current project(s), current classes (too many), and of course, the rest of my life! Because I came to this medium fairly late in life ( I am thirteen months away from being 70 years old!!!!! see…. where did the time go????? oh that’s another topic!) I feel there will never be enough time for me to do all that I want to do in Art Quilting.

These little guys are delightful users of my time, and I don’t begrudge them a minute of it!!!!

I guess I feel this way because my creative juices are readily flowing. I have no shortage of ideas for pieces that I want to create. My love of nature and the outdoors constantly makes me think of quilts I could do. I look at nature in a different light now, still one of love, but also of how could I take this beauty that I see and convey it in my art? I want to share the beauty that I see! Here are just a smattering of the photos I take when hiking or traveling. I am constantly amazed at our natural world.

I also spend time on my iPad in Procreate doing abstract designs for quilts. I have done a plethora of sketches but I have no time to make these designs into actual quilts! As an artist the lack of time to create is very frustrating for me. These are just a few of my drawings.

I am trying not to dwell on these feelings too much or I will become paralyzed creatively and that is a waste of time! But I felt the need to voice my frustration here. If any fellow artists are reading this I welcome you sharing your perspective with me on this topic. And even if you are not a creative you might have these feelings too….. Time, or lack thereof, can affect all of us.

And in closing, a music video to inspire:

Published by JoAnne Harris Hoffman

Artist, currently working in fabric, thread and paint, making art quilts.

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