I miss contributing to Illustration Friday. It was a chance to play and experiment and I found it incredibly satisfying. It was also good to be part of a burgeoning illustration blogging community with people of all skill and experience levels taking part. Every week the contributions are varied and amazing. Unfortunately at the moment I just don’t have the time to be doing this kind of work. I am spending as much time as possible developing illustrations for what I keep grandiosely referring to as my show (but I guess that’s what it is!), and a couple of client jobs that tick on and emails which sit in my inbox for weeks before I respond.
The last theme for Illustration Friday was “balance” which seems to have hit a cord with so many illustrators around the place. At the end of last year I promised myself in 2005 I would put effort into finding the balance that I need between family and work and relaxation and art. Last year was full of tensions and dramas for me because I couldn’t make it all fit together. I have gotten tired of being grumpy about it and tired of wishing it was all different and whining non-stop. Instead I realise that I just have to accept that this is the way life is at the moment. There is never enough time for everything, so it’s a case of finding constructive ways of dealing with it. Getting organised, getting some childcare worked out, getting my work priorities straightened out, getting healthy in mind and body and finding space for family stuff and enjoying it all is the aim. Sounds like a pretty elaborate dream with a lot of it being out of step with my basic character but I am pinning a lot of hopes on things being easier when we move to our new place. Almost two years on and our life is still in this weird limbo.

Now while Amelia continues to nap I must dash off and sew 10 little fuzzy noses on to 10 little fuzzy kittens.

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6 Responses

  1. oh Claire…we miss you at IF, too…come back soon…

  2. You know Claire, every time i read your blog i am in awe of the amount of projects you complete in the time you have. I always think to myself, how does she do all this? Sigh…if only i could be as organised with my life as Claire seems to be.
    I guess you just mask your stress better than i do.

    Wishing you the best of luck with your plan for 2005!

  3. I miss contributing to illo fridays too..maybe next week?And yes, it’s because I strive for balance as that’s why tonight I said to me husband., “O.K. I didn’t go online today at my site to visit before bed is..Loobylu!” G’night fellow bloggers and illustrators! Maybe I’ll see ya tomorrow?

    Can’t wait to see those kittens!!

  4. The best thing about Illustration Friday is that it’ll be there when you have the time. 🙂 I think I have only participated once since the site launched, though I ruminate every week on the topic and sketch something in my notebook. That’s the best part – I don’t have to put my stuff online to participate, just having the topic focuses my energies and gives me something to play with.
    I can’t wait to hear more about your show.

  5. I think we all struggle with balance, as we juggle our own life priorities. I thank you though for including your “month of softies” in your life, it is giving me an outlet to explore an artform and a chance to connect with a community of like-minded individuals. Thank you.

  6. claire! i know just how you feel~i always *plan* on doing wonderful, contributing, community art (like this month of softies kitty and illo fridays) and somehow it escapes me. sometimes that’s okay, not to do it all though. creativity is a guilt~free zone (: