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Finding time to do art is a challenge when you've got work, responsibilities, people who need your attention, a house that needs cleaning or whatever else grabs your attention, so  I've been trying something out with how I make time for it.
It all started with a trip to vancouver island to see my folks to catch the last bit of summer. I really wanted to try some plein air painting as I was spending time near the ocean, so I grabbed some art supplies from a cute little art store in Coombs.  Since the weather crapped out I just started painting in my parents kitchen. The next day I got a call to work, so I had to hop on the ferry. I got to the ferry an hour and a half too early, so I set up my canvas and just worked on it right it in the terminal. I liked it, so I worked on it some more on the ferry, I liked that so I began keeping my gear in my truck, which I've been sleeping in lately, so instead of wasting time commuting, I find a public place and just paint. I even paint at work when I'm waiting around. It's productive for three reasons
1) I'm stealing time
2) new environments break unproductive patterns of a distracting home
3) being mobile means limited tool kit, and limitation can promote creativity by reducing variables and decisions that slow the processor. 

Plus the public interest and interaction helps to keep me engaged. Meeting strangers can be really enjoyable but it doesn't happen unless you have a bridge. Art is a bridge. I might even take this to the next level and just do a cross country painting trip. 
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KabukiRabbit Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I draw and or paint while I am sitting in the car rider line waiting for my daughter to get out of school. You're right in that I can focus more on my work and not the pile of laundry or dishes in the sink calling my name. LOL :) I stash all my art supplies in a reusable bag and carry water in a recycled jelly jar .....I do a lot of watercolor painting. :)
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I bet that works pretty good. Way to steal time for art!
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The drawing part takes more concentration. During that stage, I don't want to be answering any questions that would make me think too much, same thing if I'm working through an area that needs a correction. That's so annoying to me. 
Once I get on a roll with the painting though, light conversation is a pleasure for me.  
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EsebeiDoran Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you paint/draw when everyone's watching over your shoulders? Doesn't that make you feel "pressured". For me, I feel pressure because people are watching they're trying to guess what I'm trying to draw, and it's not what they think, usually, and sometimes they would pressure comes on when I make a mistake and someone maybe thinking "ha, mistake.. i'm leaving now".

What got you to become comfortable letting people watch you? My drawing gets WORSE when someone watches me while I draw :(
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