Creating art is hard work....physically, mentally, and emotionally. Even though it can be quite challenging, we love what we do and know it's what we were made for. From time to time we artists find ourselves burned out. It’s only natural to find ourselves exhausted of ideas, physically sore and emotionally drained. Not only are we creating art but if you are like me, you are making a living doing so. This means a lot of networking, self-promotion, website updates, accounting etc. When we find ourselves at the end of our rope we need to give ourselves permission to take a little time-out. Yes, just completely walk away from the studio and/or office.
Recharge your batteries by going for a run, going to the movies or a concert, or an art exhibit at a museum. Go for a nature walk, have a craft day with your kids, take a real vacation, bake bread or walk your dog with your partner. The point here is to do something that will breathe fresh life into your own work and feed your creative soul.
When you take your much needed break from the art world, it’s okay to do something completely different to stimulate your mind and recharge your creative batteries. Who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself inspired or influenced by something and it will energize your creativity when you get back to your work. When you feel your best you will do your best. Start carving out personal time to recharge and you’ll be surprised just how inspired and productive you will become. Better yet, put “Me Time” on the calendar.