As busy parents we all know how difficult it is to find time for ourselves to meet even basic needs such as a nap, meal or shower, let alone carve out the time to pursue hobbies or creative endeavors. However, making time for yourself and your interests and passions can be accomplished with a little perseverance and ingenuity. Brook Rothshank is an awesome example of this. Rothshank, wife and mom of three young children, who no doubt, is as busy as the rest of us, has found a brilliant way to make time for creativity by doing miniature daily drawings. Keep reading to learn more!
Being creative on a tiny scale
According to Rothshank, 2014 was a difficult year for her art-wise. Already trained in the art of fine 1/12 scale painting, Rothshank was finding it hard to complete any detailed miniature compositions due to parenting young children, so she decided to buckle down and paint one small object each day for a year, “in an effort to become more productive and less frustrated.” This system worked well for Rothshank who writes, “Doing a daily painting pushed me to let go of making each piece too precious. I was able to paint a piece and if I didn’t like it, no problem! There would be another chance to try tomorrow.” Though small, you can see that her art is still creative, beautiful and a great example of what parents can accomplish with a bit of resourcefulness.
No time to waste
According to Rothshank, each of her miniature pieces would take between 45 minutes and 4 hours per day and she’d usually paint two pieces on Saturday, taking a break on Sunday. If you think that 4 totally free hours seems like quite a bit of time while parenting, I’m with you. However, hopefully, almost any parent can find one free hour a day to do something creative, or as evidenced by the art shown in this gallery, something amazing.
Brooke paints her miniatures primarily using watercolors but has also worked on custom portraiture and illustration and used oils, acrylics, egg tempera, pencil, and pastel for some of her projects.
Art based on life
Sometimes you don’t have to step too far outside the box to produce something creative. Rothshank notes, “I generally choose subject matter for the daily work based on something that was currently happening in my life. They felt like little notes I could toss out to the world to be interpreted by those who found them.” Good advice for a bust parent striving to be creative. Use what surrounds you! As you can see in her sweet miniatures, this method has worked well for Rothshank.
Finding time to be creative
Rothshank’s methods can work for other busy parents, including you. No time for a huge project (like writing a whole book, drawing a life size image or crafting a quilt) – scale your efforts down. Write one journal entry a day. Make one cool (but small) art project. Sew and detail a set of cloth napkins vs. an entire blanket. Or choose a larger project, such as building a homemade dollhouse, but choose to do it over a longer time span, spending one hour a day towards completing it.
Where to find Rothshank’s work
If you love Rothshank’s work, you’re in luck, because she has an Etsy shop with tons of amazing miniature paintings. If you just love to browse beautiful art, find Rothshank on Instagram or visit her website Rothshank Artworks that she shares with her husband.
Images © Brooke Rothshank
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