One Hour A Day

Let me rant a bit about the demands on my time, shall I?

I want our home to run smoothly.  I don’t care about having a perfectly clean house, elaborate meals for my family and friends we invite over, or an overly detailed budget.  I’d just like the house to function well in relative cleanliness and all of us to be well fed and maybe have a few people we love over for a meal or two a week.

But even this level of mediocre realistic home management takes a big chunk of my time.

Oh, and then there is my toddler.  And also my husband.  These are the two men in my life to whom I pour myself, heart and soul, out to everyday.  I love them enormously, but this, too, takes energy.

We’re also looking to buy a house.  This is crazy for us as we’ve rented all our adult lives and been relatively nomadic and mobile.  The excitement of finally settling down has also turned a bit obsessive as I check the real estate website 10 times a day.  Much of this is due to my obsessive personality, but it is also due to the fact that there are 110 people A DAY moving to Austin.  And they all want to buy a house, too.

I often daydream back to my days at UT when I painted and drew 8 hours a day, 5 days a week and long for that abundant amount of time to create.  But without all the other demands on my time, I wouldn’t have the content that goes onto my canvases, right?  My work would be shallow.

So, as a mother-artist, I’m making a SMART goal to create for just 1 hour a day.  I would like to do more, but I just can’t right now.  So, I’m going to be ok with 1 hour a day for right now.

As I’ve been practicing this goal this week, I’ve found that I can actually get some good work done in an hour.  It’s hard to start, knowing I’ll have to stop so soon, but once I start, the hour passes quickly, and I’ve made progress on a painting.  And it feels so much better than spending that hour scouring the housing market or watching Property Virgins.

So, here is a look into my latest painting, “Shafia,” in my series, “Light,” one hour at a time. Click an image to begin the slideshow.

“Shafia” is still a work in progress, so more progress pics to come.  Check twitter and my facebook page.


Meena Matocha is a contemporary representational artist living and working near her hometown of Austin, TX.

Posted in Creative Practice, Inside My World, Mother-Artist, One Hour A Day, Paintings

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