I’m going to draw… no, make a film… no, write!

Mandala by Emmi VisserWordcount: 14800

Welcome to Inspiration & Motivation Monday! Next week I will feature another multi-talented artist, but today I will discuss an issue that I have been struggling with for years: there are only 24 hours in a day. And I spend nine of those asleep! That leaves fifteen hours for other things. Ten of which disappear into commuting and work (the kind that is supposed to earn me my living but doesn’t). This leaves me a meagre five hours to eat, do chores and – if I’m lucky – work on one of my projects. That is, if I manage to get up from the couch!

Thank goodness for the weekend! Two whole days of freedom. Yet even there I find myself running out of time. The reason is simple: I have too many hobbies. Three of them, to be precise: film making, drawing/painting/sculpting and writing. In addition I love reading novels and watching good television series and films of course, but I’m not counting those for the moment. 🙂

Which artform takes precedent at any given moment depends on what ‘phase’ I am in. Film making is fairly recent, but in 2010 and 2011 I worked on big projects (a 30 min. film and a 45 min. documentary). For several months during those years, making film was my priority.

Art is my oldest hobby. I started drawing portraits when I was about 13-14 years old. At first I had to force myself to do it, but as I got better I became more or less addicted. In addition, when I was 15-16 years old I was absolutely bored out of my mind at Nearly finished, but not quite yet!school, so drawing was my escape. In those teenage years I perfected my portrait drawing skills. I also worked with ceramics every now and then, but it is a very time-consuming artform that takes a lot of advanced equipment. Polymer clay was a breakthrough. I started experimenting with it when I was about 20 years old, and I made my first polymer clay world (see under ‘Art’ in the menu above) in January 2010. Around my 22nd birthday.

Writing is my newest hobby. Nonetheless, the core idea of the novel I am currently writing (Six) stems from the summer when I was 14 years old. I started writing a novel then, too, but didn’t finish it until 7 years later. I have now discarded that novel. I wrote some short stories when I was 20-21 years old and took a course in creative writing in my final BA semester (as a gift to myself), but I didn’t properly start writing until a couple of months ago: NaNoWriMo (November) 2012!The first steps towards a polymer clay world

So, at the moment writing has precedent over my other hobbies. I have several ideas for films lying around, but I have shelved those for the moment. However, my art is getting the worst of it. I have two polymer worlds that have been lying around for ages. One is nearly finished, the other just started. I’ve added some photos to give you an impression of my poor little unfinished fantasy worlds.

I really wish there were more hours in a day so that I could give all of my artforms the proper care and attention I want to give them. I want to grow in all three forms, and perhaps take on another artform or two. I want to read more novels and I want to learn Swedish. But in the end, there are still only 24 hours in a day. I have only one solution: I should move to Mercury. A day on Mercury lasts 58 days. As a bonus, it’s closer to the Sun which is very nice because I’m always cold!

Does anyone else have this problem?

3 responses to “I’m going to draw… no, make a film… no, write!

  1. I know I have the same problem. I want to write my novel, I want to compose my music, I want to run, and I want to work in my garden. Unfortunately, I am a band director at a school with a very active/competitive band program. I typically have only an hour or two to pick which one of those passions to work on, but at the same time, I’m exhausted, so I usually end up picking the 5th option, television and being lazy.
    I’m down with giving Mercury a shot!

    • Thank you for sharing your experience! It sounds like you managed at least to incorporate one of your hobbies into your day job, even if you might not be composing the music you band plays? And yes, television and being lazy is creativity’s greatest enemy!

  2. Als iemand voor wie 99% van mijn tijd wordt ingevuld door ofwel ziekte ofwel onvermogen, kan ik je na het lezen van dit verhaal slechts dit advies geven: Doe iets wat ik zelf vroeger ook deed als ik mezelf in zo’n gedachtengang terecht had laten komen: neem ‘savonds, als je naar bed gaat een momentje om hardop 5 dingen te noemen waarvoor je die dag dankbaar bent. Het helpt, echt! x

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