So it's been a while, and there's always reasons. I won't call them excuses because they are mostly conscious choices but they are there nonetheless. Over the last few months I've completed my first triathlon (in under 3 hours, and all the training that entailed), cracked the 2 hour mark for a half marathon, and started a completely new career. We're also about to embark on a significant remodel to the main room of our flat, which will entail further disruption.
I'm sure I'm not the only one out there that finds the other things in their lives get in the way of their hobby. I thought I might do a few posts on how I manage to keep abreast of what is going on in the hobby-verse and to scratch that hobby itch during the times I can't get to the paints or the table. I'm going to title these "Keeping the Hobby", hopefully some of you out there might find the odd titbit of interesting information in them.
This one might seem strange at first thought, but how often are you doing something else and all of a sudden a thought pops into your head for a conversion, a pose you'd like to use for one of your guys, maybe an idea for a new army or some background for your existing army. I know for sure that this happens all the time for me, but the problem I tend to find is that by the time at back at my painting table I've forgotten all about it.
I've taken to carrying a notebook with me as much as possible, dedicated purely to my hobby. I'll write down paint schemes, tips I read or hear about, bits of fluff ideas or anything else that pops into my head just as quickly as possible in it so I've got them to go back to whenever I need to.
I'll tell you, its amazing the number of times I've sat down at my painting table, and drawn a blank when trying to figure out what to tackle next. I quick flick through my notes and that's always cured.
So that's it for the first post, simple, but probably the most effective of all the things you can do to keep going with your hobby when you don't have time/space/energy to paint.
What do you do to keep your hobby mojo going in the lean times? Lets hear your suggestions in the comments below.
Be back soon. Andy - bG