Wyn vir die pyn...

As an artist, like most other artists, I’m very scatterbrained and struggle with routine.

Although a lot of people assume that artists only create, we need to establish a business.  Part of our day to day`s activities is admin, marketing and keeping our websites up to date.

This post is dedicated to all the mom’s out there whose days are dictated by all but their own choices and to-do-lists.


Since last year, I have been on a mission to try and establish habits and routines to help me with the above mentioned ‘boring’ part of my career.
Since I started with this process I realized the necessity of doing the important before the urgent. Truth be told:  I still struggle applying it!

For some reason, it’s just easier to go and sit in in front of the easel and do what comes naturally and easily to me than to do the rest.


Anyway, Wednesdays are supposed to be my website and admin day. Update new images, sort my invoices, do my planning and write my blog posts.

Morning coffee – illustration for the Vrouekeur on my easel 

As I sat with my morning coffee, which certainly feels like three days ago, contemplating the day, and the commissioned painting I want to be finished by Friday, I almost decided to do the painting first instead of my blog post, even though I decided  that the blog post, and getting into a habit, is more important, my day unexpectedly turned out to be “one of those days”….

I haven’t touched a brush today, neither got to my blog post, my admin, or my invoices. But it is one of those things I just have to accept, forget, and move on. 

With time, patience, and a ton of practice, these unproductive days will turn into the success of a day I want it to be.

Crossroads – do you also feel like this sometimes?! 35x45cm  R3900 

As  Tina Fey once said “You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.”   Feminist quotes about motherhood

Now I have a quick few minutes between one unplanned activity and the next, which gives me some time to write this post that has nothing to do with my art.

Kick ass today:     

 –   tomorrow we might have time again…

Let yourself rest

“Do you know they found landmines in women’s souls?” 
—Andrea Gibson

Wyn vir die pyn…

Aaah, now I have a bit of time to go and drown myself in a glass of wine… 

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All Artwork © Mariaan Kotzé


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