The end result of my one month of alone time

 
 A recent portrait of my wife. Painted while she was away.

A recent portrait of my wife. Painted while she was away.

 

 As I'm writing this, I am waiting for the airplane from Taiwan to land. In a few hours, I will be seeing my lovely wife and kids. I am not going to lie, I enjoyed my time alone here. I got much done and I spent some time with myself learning and reflecting on my life as an artist. However, I miss my family a lot and I am more than ready for them to come back! That said, I do want to share with you some of the things I accomplished during this month:

 Physically: In one of my YouTube videos I stated that I am going to start exercising and working out to be in better shape and health. Since I had a lot of free time alone I thought it would be a great time for me to take up my workout and diet routine again. It's nothing intensive and I didn't sign up for any training program. It's just a simple workout session every other day, eating a very light dinner, and staying away from unhealthy food. (I still treat myself to an ice cream or two... After all, it is summertime.) While I am not going to show you before and after photos and I don't really measure my weight or calculate my body fat, I can see that I am in better shape when I look in the mirror. The result is that I feel so much more confident and positive.

 Emotionally: Supporting a family with three little boys while growing a business is difficult for me. The constant juggling is taking a toll on my emotional stability and health. I haven't done anything really damaging, but I know I have bottled up a lot of stress. It made me impatient with my children and pulled me out of the enjoyment of being a father. While intellectually I know I should treasure every moment I am with them, my emotional state is not strong enough to sustain that positive mindset. This month of being alone focusing on what I wanted to do coupled with talking to my kids through video chat and messages helped me to see my relationship with them from a different perspective. It's kind of like stepping back while you are painting; it forces you to see the whole picture rather than focusing on the detail you are working on. While I know I will be facing the same challenges and frustration again in the future, I was able to reset and refresh myself emotionally.

 Spiritually: This is the part that makes me scratch my head a bit. I do go to church every Sunday and keep my faith. However, I think the part that I worked on during the past month is my artistic spirit. I started by going back to my core reason for being an artist — the reason that I shared in my first weekly blend. From that point onward every painting I have done for myself or others aligns with my core values as an artist. This doesn't mean that I have a big profound message behind every single painting I do, but it does mean that every painting will be deeply meaningful to someone, whether it's myself, my family, my friend, or my client. When I know I have made that special connection with someone through a painting my artistic spirit comes alive. About two months ago I was wondering if I should start to paint a series that might do better commercially. After seeking my personal "why" I quickly scratched the idea. If my art doesn't make an emotional connection or remind you of something you hold dear there is no point in what I do.


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