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Blending work and leisure

May has been a record setting busy month for me.

I started by running the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. Months of training paid off, and I was able to complete the 26.2 mile race in 3 hours and 22 minutes. (Almost a full hour faster than last year’s time!)

I finished the month by racing in Maysville’s Triathlon. It was my first triathlon. I’d never swam in open water before, so it was a challenge, but my time was good. I finished the race in less than 2 hours. I was one of 3 local participants, racing with our region’s more ‘experienced’ triathletes. My rank was in the middle of the pack. 33 out of 63.

Inbetween races, I was busy preparing for Augusta’s “Art in the Garden”. One of my two scheduled outdoor art shows this year. It was a great show with good turnout, and the sales were excellent.

I am returning ‘home’ to the DC area for a week.
I will be meeting my little brother’s daughter “Mia” for the first time. I will also begin a new painting project. I am working on a series of scenes painted in Washington’s historic U street district for my gallery at HomeGrown Creations. I may have some sneek peeks as a reward for the patient friends who still check my blog from time to time.

Then, I will slow down a bit and enjoy the artist’s life.
I try to run, swim, bike or kayak every day. I am trying to incorporate the sports into my work. When possible, I carry a sketchpad and camera with me while biking/kayaking. I often think about paintings while swimming and running…especially while running through scenic landscapes.

Please comment on this blog and share your stories and suggestions for combining leisure activities with your art (and work). I want to combine my love of outdoor sports with my art. I feel a little guilty spending so much time running, biking, etc. But, if I can incorporate my hobby with my WORK, I won’t feel like I am wasting my time so much…I’m WORKING! Yes, I realize that I am very fortunate to have WORK that I love and is fun…it just makes me feel DOUBLE guilty!

Have a great week!
Ken