Not having all the time I wished to work on my art seemed unfair. Most artists (I thought) did nothing but art all day long. How truly lucky they were!! How truly jealous I was!
Whine, whine…… whine.
Somewhere along the way I began view this source of frustration from another perspective and my angst slowly dissolved. Everything one does influences their creative voice, even for the part time artist. Caring for family, a day job, mundane household duties, the things that you think about and are passionate about in the meantime, all have an affect on the art you will eventually create. What is meant to be born, will be, if you are willing to go through the pains required to birth it. How everyday issues influence your works of art will become apparent in due time. The creative, subconscious mind is always working; putting bits and pieces together to form your unique vision.
If the above is true, then there is really no such thing as a part time artist. Once I fully realized and observed this happening in my creative work, I was able to enjoy all aspects and responsibilities of life in a more meaningful way. The many hats that I wear have added deeper layers to my paintings.
On the flip side, though, I must make time for making my art!
The same goes for you.