Stress and Buying Time to Create Art

This summer has been a crazy mix of excitement and hoops to jump through. All four of us are heading off to different schools this fall; my youngest is starting kindergarten, my oldest is starting middle school, I’m heading to high school to be a photography and art teacher, and my husband is coaching at a different high school. With all the excitement and figuring out logistics like what to do with the girls after school, getting school shopping done, planning my curriculum and developing first day documents like a syllabus, classroom rules and policies, deciding how to decorate my room, etc, I have been swamped and completely ignored my need to create art.

At some point last week I decided I couldn’t put it off any more, and plus, I attended the RAW Artist exhibit and got super inspired. So, I bought some time to create my own art by helping my girls make play-dough which I knew would kept them busy for hours! Win!

So, as I sat there in my favorite spot at the kitchen table where I tend to always sit to do work because my office was taken over by my young artists, I noticed how gorgeous the light was streaming into my kitchen through the window over the sink and the skylights above. My kitchen is simple. It has white cabinets, builder-grade ceramic tile, a white ceramic sink, white fridge and matching white dishwasher and stove. Simple. But that’s okay with me because when the light streams in it looks like crisp and happy and that is what I decided to paint.

I didn’t take any progress pictures because time is precious, and I knew the play-dough time I bought wouldn’t last forever, so without further ado, here’s my kitchen in the afternoon sun painted with watercolor on watercolor paper.


This is how it fits in with the rest of the kitchen, and please excuse the iPhone pictures 🙂

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18. August 2015 by schristian
Categories: art, back to school, illustrations, watercolor | Leave a comment

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