Little Dreams. Big Dreams.

Last May, I started an artist mother interview series  “Carve Out Time for Art” which outgrew my personal website. When I realized that I didn’t want to stop the interviews , I bought the domain www.carveouttimeforart.com. Recently, I transferred the interviews over to the new site. I want Carve Out Time for Art to be a site for people who need encouragement, inspiration and tips on finding time to create.

Right now there are 40 interviews with artist mothers and a few artist fathers. When I have time, I want to expand this series and include more variety. On my list are retirees who have started painting later in life, full time artists, grad students, people who have careers non-art related, etc. I love this topic so much because I get so excited to see people living their dreams.

Dreams. Yes, lets talk about that oft strewn word.

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I’m a self proclaimed big dreamer. Since childhood, I’ve consistently gone overboard brainstorming new ideas. But I’ve realized that dreams don’t have to be extravagant to be fulfilling. Sometimes the smaller dreams are just as important. And those many small dreams may lead to newly achievable big dreams down the road.

I bet if you think back to dreams you had 10 years ago, many of them that were realized aren’t even impressive to you because you take them for granted now. I do the same thing. But it’s crazy when you think back. Go ahead, think for a minute and I’ll wait.

Did you find one? Me too.

Aren’t you feeling proud of yourself? You should. It’s okay. I am.

The limiting factor of dreams is that they’re not real though. Not yet. Dreams are great because of infinite possibility, and that’s why the scheming at the beginning is intoxicating. It’s all of the fun without any logistics, hard work, and implementation.

But man. If you do the work to get to that fulfillment stage, it feels pretty amazing.

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I still think it’s great to have huge mondo beyondo dreams. I will never stop running wild with an idea. But I know that it’s not realistic that all of those ideas will be implemented. Only the ones that are most important if I work really hard and give up some things that are not as important.

Having a child, what I most want in my life has changed dramatically. It’s not that I’ve given up on what I wanted before, it’s that the priority and meanings of things have shifted. If anything, I was surprised by how much I needed art in my life when analyzing what I most wanted to take up precious drops in my small vessel of precious free time.

What I don’t want is for people to get so deflated when they feel like it’s all or nothing. Like when they see an artist on Instagram showing 2-3 pictures a day and imagining that person is living this dream life and why should they bother?

So you want to be an artist. Great. Go paint. Go create. Make it work, even if it’s not what you think it needs to be. Make it work for you somehow. 5 minutes at a time if need be.

You don’t have enough time? I don’t think anyone does unless they’re willing to sacrifice something. We all have the same 24 hours in the day. And most of those reading this blog are fortunate enough to have enough time and money to have access to wi-fi and clean drinking water.

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So how do you find time?

Stop watching as much TV. Wake up earlier. Change your medium. Lower some expectations. Put a sketchbook in your purse. Ask for help. Get off Facebook. Order takeout. Draw with your kid. Look for beauty and interesting colors while sitting in traffic.

Do you know why I love Instagram? It’s because every day, I see people who are living small and big dreams. They are people who say, I want more in my life. For many of the friends I’ve made on Instagram, that dream is creating art. It’s being able to have some time to do the work. To feel inspired. Or to have no idea what you’re doing and get messy and make something anyway. It’s about continuing and not giving up because you cannot imagine living your life without creating something.

I think it’s worth it. I know you do too.

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4 thoughts on “Little Dreams. Big Dreams.

  1. A-MEN to this!!! All of it!!! 😘💕💋

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  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, they always make me think about creating in a different light. Today I worked at art, but not the abstract kind I love to create. My only other job is as an art teacher & I have had the position for almost two years now. I love chatting with others & being social so my role as a teacher is exciting as a day in my home studio is pretty quiet. Just me my music & the work itself. I often get lost in my work & hours pass & then I realize that reality of my family life has to take priority & I have to get my girls from school. Today I taught beginners at a Retirement Residence & had such a lovely time assisting some who hadn’t painted in years. Creativity & painting does happen for me on a regular…not daily basis. I love your interviews & Carve Out Time for Art as it allows me to see other artists work & learn how they fit it into their lives. Thanks so much for everything you do Marissa!

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