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claude

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on: December 20, 2011, 10:03:34 AM
I read and hear people complain about how little time they have for doing what they like to do. Painting, cooking, reading, there are just not enough hours in a day, not enough days in a week. If you are working, have young children, I understand your frustration, I have been there. But...... I'm 63 years old going on 30,  :) my wife and I run a greenhouse business, I am in the process of compiling a book, this summer I have torn down the inside of a house and rebuilt it from cellar to attic by myself (carpentry, plumbing, electricity etc.), I have a horse and a dozen chickens I clean and feed every day, I take online painting classes, participate in different forums on the net and I still find time to read 1 hour a day minimum and paint 8 hours a week. Where do I find the time to enjoy my two favorite passtimes, reading and  painting? Somebody asked me this question on this forum and I thought it over and think I found the answer.

Two things. The first is easy, no TV. Make that NO TV . None at all. The news I get on the net. The rest, for me, is a waste of valuable time.

The second I admit is a little more complicated but essential. Every saturday I fill in a planner for the week to come. On this planner, with the accord of everyone involved, my wife, my children, I FREEZE a day for ME! One full day, 24 hours for ME. This "ME" day is for painting, reading, sleeping etc. It is MY day and it is FROZEN on the planner and everybody knows it. Only death or my house on fire could un-freeze MY DAY. Think about it, you owe it to yourself to be selfish for an hour, a few hours, a day. Of course if you have young children it might be difficult to have "your" day but..... try at least to have "your" hour. Life is short, take it from somebody who's been there. So this is my recipe, you never know, it might work for you too. Enjoy!

If not now, when? If not me, who?


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Reply #1 on: December 20, 2011, 10:21:09 AM
You are right Claude, TV does waste our time.


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Reply #2 on: December 20, 2011, 11:03:13 AM
Claude, I agree with you regarding the schedule O0... You have a great one going there for you  ;)

I have a sort of a schedule... but can't always stick to it 100%... Have a son with learning dissability that I homeschool.  I am not going to go into detail now, but due to a motorvehicle accident in 2009... I injured my neck... after an operation it healed well... but then had an injury on duty at work... which dislogged the replacement disk in my neck...this was removed and the vertebra was fused... but I do experience a lot of pain in my neck, left arm, hand and fingers... The frustrating thing is that what I normally used to be able to do without problems... is a bit different now... Whatever I do, I have to do in little bits at a time as my body allow it ... otherwise it escalates the pain if I dont and becomes unbearable...and the result is that painkillers are involved and I have to go and lie down to rest...which could have been painting time. So I basically have to work around the pain a lot.  But I am not complaining at all, I am healthy and have use of all the parts of my body and I am grateful for that.

In the beginning when I joined my first art site> FineArtAmerica (this is to showcase your art/photos etc) there were a lot of discussions about marketing and how to get your work out there.   Then I joined various websites, as suggested, which includes Facebook FanPage, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Google+ to name but a few.

The above mentioned sites are just a few to get your 'name' out there... but it takes time to set them up and stay active on them. In school holiday time especially... I would get up... get done what I need to before 8 in the morning.  Then I will go to the computer and go through each and every site... presence is important.  When you look again, half a day is gone. 

I changed all of that recently... because I found that being active constantly everyday on these sites was chewing up my day...and I was not able to get to painting either and THAT was a huge frustration for me.  Now I get up, go to computer by 8... check emails and just pop into FAA and then I come here... this is my priority ...this is where I am learning to become a better artist... which is my main priority where the "I"...the "ME' is concerned (I am not talking about family things now, because that always takes priority above all).  All of the other sites I put on hold and only see to them once a week now... and that is sufficient. So during my day, once I have check the most important things on my computer...I will do my bits around here at home, then I paint... everything with little breaks in between (which I have to take to prevent severe pain)... in those little breaks I pop in here again to see if there is anything new. Seems to work so much better and I have more time to paint.

Where tv is concerned... not a big tv fan at all...  will watch an odd thing here or there in the week... but I do see it as a waste of time.  When I am busy with whatever I occupy myself with... the family have the tv on... I just listen, but continue with what I am doing  ;D


So I think a lot depends on your personal circumstances too yes O0

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Reply #3 on: December 20, 2011, 12:36:39 PM
Just wanted to add that I don't own a TV and haven't in many many years. I don't read the newspaper and don't own a radio either.
I do like to watch a movie and with all the free movies on the net, I stay as busy as I want to watching all the movies I wish to see.
I'm mostly busy cooking, baking or computer geeking most of the time, though.
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Reply #4 on: December 20, 2011, 02:59:58 PM
No tv here, either. Nothing worth watching!!
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Reply #5 on: December 20, 2011, 07:18:34 PM
I also found myself running around some days getting everything done, I have to admit it is currently better, must be because of the holidays.

I also homeschool and I do spend some time to prepare work for the next day/week. I resently started getting up allot earlier in the day. I check e-mail, do some housework and then later I would paint.

I would mostly watch tv at night when I am in bed (if I can keep awake   :) )

I have totally scalled down on the blogs I admin and I do not take on that much other work at this stage, I am now trying to focus on my painting, however my kids education do come first.
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Reply #6 on: December 20, 2011, 08:07:33 PM
My day consists of early morning doing the housework go to post office check the mail .I try to start painting around 9.30 am and check my e-mails and visit sites around 11.30 or so, though i do get caught up with painting sometimes and find myself asking where the day went, then relax and watch something i may have taped a few days before.My husband is home by 2.45pm so i spend time with him.After dinner i will play PC games or watch something to do with painting,an hour of TV and bed.I am a Great grandmother now at 64 and still don't seem to have enough hours in a day to do it all.
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Reply #7 on: December 20, 2011, 11:01:34 PM
My day....Hmmmmm.    I get up at about 7am.  See hubby off to work.   He has retired but keeps himself busy working with our son-in-law in his business.   I retired some years back.   Call in at Paint Basket with a cuppa :coffee:.  I then do what I love most,  paint and sew(machine embroidery).   I use to sew for weddings etc. but stopped that and I only do pleasurable sewing that I never could get to before.  I cleared out all the clutter in my life as at first I felt guilty not working. 

Some mornings my little grandson, 1 1/2 years old, visits and we have a whale of a time playing together.   It is then lunch time and sometimes I spend it on the couch watching something I have recorded.  About and hour.   I love watching TV but I don't let it control me especially those soapies.  No more of that!  On a Wednesday it is my time out.   Claude I agree with you about MY TIME and I don't feel guilty about that, no not at all.  My friend and I go out for the day which includes quilting, shopping and lunch and getting home late.  I have a wonderful husband who allows me to do as I wish.  We have been married for 38 years.

Oh yes I forgot to mention I do all my own housework as well but as you can see that is my last priority.  I use to be so fussy but I got an email one day about, "Less dusting and more doing the things I wan't to do!" and my house still looks dust free unless someone drags their finger over the furniture in which case I then fetch a feather duster and hand it to them to dust.   We are also great campers, 4 x 4 trips and also geocaching.  So you see my time is taken up by the things I enjoy.....I think I deserve it after all the years of hard work!
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Reply #8 on: December 24, 2011, 03:11:21 PM
Well, it just shows that a huge amount of people don't watch T.V. anymore. I flip thru the channels until I'm tired of it. The news?? Talk about depressing.       Just a reminder of the reality of the world.   One can overdose on reality, and I am not made that way.       
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #9 on: December 24, 2011, 03:32:16 PM
I watch very little TV these days and to be honestly truthful - I don't miss 90% of what I used to watch :clap: :clap:
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Reply #10 on: December 25, 2011, 03:03:31 AM
Haven't had a tv in a long, long time. Don't miss all the nonsense. News and newspapers....just depressingly bad news. If someone ever puts out a newspaper promoting good and happy doings and goings on... I might just be tempted to buy one of those.  ;D  Regardless of what the media portray...the world is not all that bad. Instead of sitting pushing buttons, get out there and experience first hand what it has to offer...you may just be surprised. Use technology to further yourself .... not turn your brain to mush with nonsense. That's my 15 seconds!  :2funny:
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Reply #11 on: December 26, 2011, 07:06:22 PM
I avoid watching the news and reality T.V. Then.........when I try watching the Simpson's or very old black and white movies.......i feel guilty for NOT staying on top of reality like the rest of the world! Such is life.
I see it as most people like to "throw stones" at the bad people in life. I'm just not one of the crowd..sorry.
« Last Edit: December 26, 2011, 07:08:30 PM by patindaytona »
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #12 on: December 26, 2011, 08:45:56 PM
Like everything else, there is good and bad. I look at french, italian and spanish tv in order to learn these languages. I have been self studying italian and am beginning to follow italian dialogue easily. I also look at Discovery and History channels because I learn about the advances in technology and outer space discoveries. I like to keep reasonably up to date with current events to know what is going on in the world around me good or bad. For many elderly people living alone and who are not very mobile, tv is a source of information and entertainment. Then there are those sports fans who absolutely cannot miss their football games etc. All depends on what each person wants.


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Reply #13 on: December 27, 2011, 04:46:31 AM
Discovery and History are also good channels I watch occasionally
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #14 on: December 27, 2011, 11:54:02 AM
T.V. is not a priority for me but I do like to keep up with what's going on in the world.

I do all my own housework and making meals. 

Hubby helps with some of the household chores and does some of the shopping.  He never complains about how much time I spend painting or how much money I spend on painting supplies.  I'm one lucky girl.   :) 
All of his meals and snacks are served to him by me.  He's one lucky man.    :)

I've been retired for almost 4 years now.  Up until this past summer, I have had to deal with a variety of health problems but all is well now and I love that for the most part, I don't have any schedule set in stone.  No more getting up at 5 a.m. for work and not getting home until 7:30 pm.  No more rat race, though I loved my job. 
Now I don't know how I had time to work.  The days seem to fly by and there still seems to not be enough of me to go around.

I do take a "me day" occasionally.  A couple of days lately I stayed all day in my housecoat and PJ's.  That doesn't happen very often.  I take time to visit and email family and friends regularly and of course, hubby and I take time to go out for dinner now and then.

Lately, I have spent a lot of time on the computer, enjoying all that Nolan and Dennis has for us here on Paintbasket and I love to try to keep up with all the new posts.  What a great community of friends here!
I have never spent so much time painting and I'm looking forward to seeing my paintings improve. 
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