my one track mind
I have the superb ability to multi-task but this skill comes locked within insoluble barriers.
If I am painting in my studio, I am, more than likely, working on at least three to five paintings at a time. I am not thinking about any other commitments. Everything beyond my studio walls is completely at bay.
But the same is true for teaching. When I am actively teaching, my studio or paintings are unreachable, completely removed from my consciousness. So much so that I'll do a double take if I see an image of my work online, for instance. I notice I'll have to remind myself that I paint too.
Outside of the studio AND the classroom, occasionally the two overlap. I usually don't notice that one has influenced the other until after-the-fact, though.
And then there is the in between time. I am constantly either processing, brainstorming, visualizing, daydreaming, worrying, doubting or "tongue-tied". During this time it's beneficial to have a good book, tv series or movie on hand. A road trip works wonders.
There is another segment of time too: the time it takes to switch gears between both. Sometimes this can take one day. Sometime this can take a week. In this case, the only remedy seems to be time and patience, giving myself another opportunity to trust the process.
I suppose the gift in both the active painting and teaching is that when I am actively absorbed in one, I am completely off from another. And this is so beneficial to the creative process.