Both Ends of the Candle
When I made the decision to transition from when-I-have-time artist to make-more-time artist, I realized I would have to make some adjustments to my schedule and priorities. I was getting a lot of work done on the weekends, but the five day wait between studio time was agonizing. Evenings after work wasn’t a great option. With dinner and family time, it gets hectic. Plus, I was just plain tired after a full day at work. If I wanted to get in the studio during the work week, it was going to have to be in the morning.
Several weeks ago, I started getting up at 4:30 to work on my art. I don’t set an alarm. It’s just become part of my routine. Even as the days are getting shorter, and the weather’s turning colder, I feel ready and energized when it’s time to get up.
It’s quiet in the morning. It’s just me and the dog and the soft hooting of an owl somewhere near our neighborhood. And I’m productive!
I don’t know how long I can realistically keep up this pace though. I put in 3 hours of sculpting in the morning before work and 2 hours of computer work (photo editing, blogging, social media, researching and buying materials) at night after work. On the weekends, I put in anywhere between 8 and 12 hours on Saturday and Sunday. That’s 25 hours during the week and another 16-24 hours during the weekend… or 40-50 hours a week total.