by Yvonne Callaway
I haven’t painted, not really, since September, before my Montreal show — except for a small ordinary still life in December. And I’ve been beating myself up about it since mid-November. After all, there’s little to distract me now: teaching responsibilities ended mid-December; socializing is curtailed; my home is VERY organized, it’s too cold to play outside.
What else could/should I be doing but exploiting this endless free time with creativity?! I walk into my tidy studio, look about, walk out. I watch art/artists videos, read art books, follow art newsletters, talk with other creatives—but visual art isn’t grabbing me. (Though I am cooking a lot!)
I’m bummed out!
Until I read this Painters’ Keys newsletter yesterday, which reminded me “[c]reativity happens when the mind is given time to wander — artists need to stop and rest in order to restart the processes by which they advance their thoughts.” And no time limit on the stop and rest!
I figured others might be feeling this too, so I’m sharing because, you know, sharing is caring.