Oh, how I wish there was more time in a day!

Warning: this is a rambling post, just to get some stuff off my mind….

Its not too long ago that I was worried that I would never be able to make it as a decorative artist.  When I quit my teaching gig in 2008 little did I know that the economy was going to take a nose dive. Talk about bad timing!  Now it seems I don’t know how to keep up. Deadlines push my days along and I have to remind myself how lucky I am that Im able to do what I love day in and day out.  Don’t get me wrong, I love painting, but it seems that I get overwhelmed and wonder how I’m going to “get this project finished quick enough” rather than enjoying the ride.  Summer seems half way over already (I always feel that the Fourth of July is the height of summer and its down hill to Labor Day) and I haven’t been able to enjoy it.

I was lamenting the other day about how recently I’ve had to disappoint some clients because I can’t meet their schedules because of how much work I have.  I take things very personally and want to please everyone.  I feel horrible when I hear “oh, that won’t work. We have to have it done by xyz.” I look at my calendar every which way and wish I could add a day here, move that there…but then that would mean I’d have to grow two more arms!

I’ve tossed the idea around about hiring help.  The problem is I’m a Perfectionist.  I guess it comes from my Grandma Lenehan.  Passed down from her to my dad to me. I can’t trust someone else to do something well enough and have to go back and check their work. Is there therapy for that? Oh wait, I don’t have time to go to therapy.

When I opened the studio I had grand plans for its use.  Workshops, rental space for fellow artists, open studio weekends, presentations, etc etc.  I’ve had to cancel the latest presentation because I was pulling 10 hour days on a project and had zero time to prepare.  I’ve also had grand plans for this blog. I just don’t have enough of me to go around.

Perhaps its time to let go of a little and allow someone to help out.  Or I may be trying to rush things along.  Whenever I get an idea in my head its go-go-go on it.  Trouble is I have 10 ideas and I want to go-go-go on all of them at the same time. If only I could let things happen in their time. If anyone out there reading this is a recovering Perfectionist feel free to offer some advice!

So here are some photos of what I’ve been buried in the last few weeks. Thanks for listening!

IMG_4535Two paintings (7’x9′) The beams were woodgrained previously.

IMG_4664Medallion: done with a Modello stencil , Proceed metallic plasters, glass bead gel, and Swarovski crystals.


Woodgrained beams and glazed walls.





Plaster with glaze


5 Replies to “Oh, how I wish there was more time in a day!”

  1. We are definitely kindred spirits……I can relate so much to how you feel….you are young and quite capable of everything you can imagine ….. maybe just get someone to do the everyday maintenance, help with your blog, and marketing, they could be p/t…..this could unclutter your mind to create and enjoy it more. I know this sounds ideal, but I think it’s necessary. What you pay out for help, will come back to you in so many other ways. You are so ambitious and should not be discouraged at all….you have great potential to create the life you want…on your terms. Go with it now….I am 20 years down the road and had boundless energy as you have….I feel my momentum slowing down a bit every year now…. so I really pick and choose carefully how and where I spend my energy….I am smelling the roses a lil’ bit more each year, somehow when I feel overwhelmed I remind myself, like you, how lucky I am for this wonderful creative life. I am really enriched by all the talented and inspirational friends and experiences that are a big part of who I have become. It’s a great journey, and one day you will look back and say….Holy Crap….. I did all that????? One step at a time, tweek it as you go and make it they you want it!
    OK? OK!
    Ok where are we going next….to paint? hahahahah

  2. Dee,

    If you are interested, let’s talk when I get back from Oregon. Mid to late August. I have some irons in my fire, but in general not enough to do. If I can help out, that works well with my life plan. I think we will be moving out here semi-permanently next summer, so while I will try to keep Rising Tide going by getting my Oregon business license, it will be winding down in Maryland a lot this coming year.

    I will also be getting rid of my studio, so you will want to be first in line for THAT.


  3. Hi I have been enjoying reading some of the things and seeing all the beautiful work you do. I truly admire all of it. After reading about how you could use some help I was hoping you might consider me when you get back in town. My website is still under construction. I was going to wait til Nov to email you but I couldnt wait anymore after reading just now. I had this feeling once I got an email from you that my life was going to change in a great way in the near future.

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