On June 30th of this year, I moved out of my apartment and took up refugee status in my wife’s parents’ basement. As a result, finding time and space to engage in hobby activities has been difficult, to say the least.
Any time I decided to airbrush, I had to go out to their screened in deck. It took time to set everything up and it all had to be taken down and put away again before I could wrap up for the day, so I needed several hours uninterrupted and half of that was spent on setup and breakdown. As you can imagine, that was extremely frustrating.
Painting by hand was a little better, but I still needed to be mindful of setup and breakdown. I was able to commandeer some space in my father-in-law’s office by trading my services as a pack mule (carrying in groceries) and page (cleaning his guns).
I also started working on creating decorative bases using green stuff and Textured rolling pins from Green stuff world. This was the easiest one to engage in and was rewarding for the first couple months. But how many decorative bases do you need, right? So, I was forced to find ways to actually paint.
Normally, painting is a daily activity for me that allows me to relax and re-center. After going on five months with only sporadic painting, I’m not easy to live with. Fortunately, my wife is far scarier than I am, so if I get out of line, she can easily stuff me back in my place.
Pretty soon, I’ll have my studio setup in the new house and I’ll be back to regular painting. This is good because considering how expensive buying and outfitting a house is, there’s no way I could afford therapy at this point.