The Art of Doing ‘Nothing’

We all go through fallow periods, when we must let the soil rest to prepare for new growth.’ -Six Feet Under

My ‘artist-guilt’ is telling me that I should probably post something on here since it’s been awhile, so here you go…I’ve been taking a little break from posting for the past few weeks since my kids have been home on summer vacation and it has been difficult for me to achieve a work/life balance, as the ‘life’ part of that equation has been a bit more demanding.

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Bella, Alex and I have been spending most of our time sleeping in whenever possible, venturing outside, soaking up the late summer sun, running around with dirty bare feet and watching our heirloom vegetable garden grow. Doing ‘nothing’ yet doing so much at the same time.

In a few short weeks, school will be back in session and I will miss having two of my favorite people around all day, but I am also looking forward to diving back into my paintings with renewed energy and insight. I will finally get my art brain back …and, frankly, I’ve been holding back so much I just might have an art orgasm! See that? I must be so relaxed, because I’m even being bawdy on my ‘serious’ art blog.

I guess I shouldn’t say that I’ve been doing nothing…I’ve been painting in my sketchbook often and working on a children’s book about autism acceptance (with my daughter as co-author!), as well as other creative projects…but no matter what I do, it doesn’t feel like I’m making ‘real’ art unless I am being a manic artist and spewing out painting after painting… Crazy, right?

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I’m also looking forward to getting back into my arts writing and my #SupportLivingArtistsIn2016 series. I already have some fabulous artists lined up, and can’t wait to share their work! If you can, please continue to share, support and encourage the work of these independent artists…Being a serious artist is hard work, but to an artist, receiving positive feedback or having one’s art shared by others is always encouraging.

Also a big shout out to the UK-based Niji Magazine for also publishing several of these features so far! More info on this project can be found on my blog, or you could also check out Niji Magazine.

I would also like to express my gratitude to those who have cared enough to read and share my posts, to the artists who were brave enough to let me write about them, and artists who show their support for other creatives as well!

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