It just took a while, but I started going out more with our three kids and taking advantage of their talents, interests and hobbies. It turned out that they actually are quite enjoying these experiences.
We’ve always lived the lives of parents. From cradle to grave the whole experience of life was something we were very much at the forefront of. As a result we’ve had a lot of responsibility. There were two things that we knew we could never give up: our kids and our freedom to love and have fun. When my eldest daughter started dating an artist, I told her I’d start spending more time with her. She was surprised, but we had fun. We took trips to the beach. The art shows. The parties, and everything was new and exciting for me – the fact that we both have so little time is not. I’d love more time with my wife and the kids, but I’m not going to stop my kids from having fun. I’m not going to get rid of the family vacation.
There are two things I do that you don’t often hear about:
– I try to spend my days creating art.
– I spend less time with the kids.
I’m not entirely sure how much time I put into art in general. Some days I’m out doing stuff for my art show, but then the next day I’m back with the kids to finish homework because my hands are probably on my keyboard. I don’t know what the hell I do with my day if I don’t draw. My day is a mish-mash of doing art and cleaning the house. There may be times when I do my art because I’m supposed to do my art, but it’s not like I make it my whole day. It’s not like I’m doing a project and then when the kids are around I don’t do it. My day goes from drawing to cleaning the house to playing tennis with the boys to dinner and dinner with the family, and then there’s the drawing again, and there are breaks for the kids too. Then there’s the art show, and I’m back to having my time and energy devoted to the art that I love. You can always expect that my art show will keep getting bigger and better even as my work gets longer.
I get really excited about art because it is, as art teacher John Tracieux said, “not a job, it’s a passion. Your life becomes a journey and I’m very happy that my work speaks and entertains me.”
It was very interesting how my son, Max, responded to this, and I think about it a lot because I know how hard drawing is when you are drawing to a lot of rules and expectations and expectations from the artists that you admire. Max, however, has made a point of putting his own art on the walls of the whole house and putting the kids at the bottom, and he knows that what he does is something very different from the works of “famous artists,” which is why he likes it.
I like that Max’s art is just his, and it’s not the work of a famous artist who I admire. Max’s art is his idea, and he makes it his way, although he is very well respected in his community for making a living without relying on a lot of commissions and commissions for pieces for art shows that don’t get sold; they are in some ways his way and he knows very well how much he takes from each and every commission.
In recent months I haven’t been as active with art with my two children in the same room.
We were living in a two bedroom condo for a couple of years before I moved out so there was very little art to be done in the living room. When we moved out, we moved back to the larger house that was in our building and I decided to try to live a bit of a lifestyle, too, and in that room you saw a number of paintings that were completed on and around the house during that time. I was living with my wife again, but I still love going out and getting pictures taken while my children have their pictures taken all over the house.