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How Do You Spend Your Precious Time?

by M. Camille Day on 4/23/2014 7:18:04 AM

This post is by guest author, M. Camille Day.  This article has been edited and published with the author's permission. You should submit an article and share your views as a guest author by clicking here. We've promoted this post to feature status because it provides great value to the FineArtViews community.  If you want your blog posts listed in the FineArtViews newsletter with the possibility of being republished to our 25,000+ subscribers, consider blogging with FASO Artist Websites.  This author's views are entirely her own and may not always reflect the views of BoldBrush, Inc.


About three years ago, a dear friend of mine brought me a gift.  It was a little handmade box encrusted with old clock faces from a craft show.  Written on the top was, "How do you spend your precious time?"  Little did I know how prophetic these words would become...that very friend soon faced a health problem that changed her life and prevented her from continuing with her painting, about which she had become very passionate.  After the shock of her diagnosis, the impact of the words on that little box began to haunt me.  I started paying better attention to what I do in regard to my art and my life, and how I spend my own precious time.


I began to paint more.  If I am not painting, I'm thinking about painting...or talking about it, or working on art marketing, participating in workshops and competitions, reading about the masters, or researching materials and supplies.  I keep up with contemporary artists through publications and social media to keep my finger on the pulse of what's  happening in the art world.  It's always a surprise to me that many times the topics that I am currently thinking about pop up in someones else's blog or article.  A friend recently questioned if this was a result of the "collective mind" of artists. Maybe so, since I know so many other artists are as serious about their art careers as I am.  It's their dream, too.


Then I realized that it's all about passion.  Are you following yours?  Are you spending your time pursuing your own dream? 


If I could pass only one thing on, it would be this:  you are here for a pursue your own particular dream and it's been given to you as a gift.  If you've made excuses why you haven't done it yet, stop now.  Begin to take whatever little steps you can in that direction and keep your dream alive by remembering it every day.  Don't let it go.  Ever.


How do you spend your precious time?




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Geri deGruy
Yes. I'm going to post this question in my studio.

what a lovely post Camille, thank you so much for sharing it - best ashar

Joyce Wynes
And it is precious time. None of us know how much time we have or what life holds for us so we need to make the best of it NOW.

For so many years I let other things get in the way or postponed my real passion but for the past 5 years or so I have put a halt to that and focus on the NOW and what I really want to accomplish.

I shudder to think about NOT being able to paint and how that would feel. And I keep that thought somewhere deep in my subconscious. Make the most of NOW and don't worry about tomorrow. Live in the present and let the past and future take care of itself. That is my mantra.

Karen Burnette Garner
I LOVE this post! It hits right at the heart of any creative person's priorities! I, too, will be posting this phrase as a reminder to use my time wisely. Thank you for sharing!

Donald Fox
I've always liked the saying, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." If there is no first step, there is no journey.

Camille Day
Thanks so much for all who have commented on this blog....and I hope it will inspire you all to live every day to the fullest and never forget your dreams. The friend I wrote about in this post would want that....and so do I.

Brian Sherwin
Camille -- I'm fascinated by time -- and how we use it -- as well. There are countless distractions today... it is easy to become an observer instead of a doer. Granted, an artist must have time to observe -- take in life... but there is something to be said for productive observing. Getting thing done in the studio is vital... a lot of the things we can observe are simply not vital to that process.


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