As I touched on with my Friday Modish post, the holidays seem to bring out the escapist in me. So far I'm excelling, I mean, as excellent as one can be when trying to skirt around things.
As crafters/artists, we have to work extra hard to keep up the momentum, and doing shows is probably the easiest aspect of this. I've gotten to the point where I have suitcases packed and ready to go for such selling occasions.
But sometimes it doesn't all work out like you think, and plans change and priorities shift. The tough decisions are easy to make {brain shuts down, makes you sit completely still on the living room floor wondering why you shouldn't just sit there enjoying the stillness of it all, and so you do; reveling in the glory of just being} and you realize just how essential it is to stop and simply be.
I'm not good at that--my workaholic spirit wants me to do everything now now now. Are you that way? I know I'm not alone with this approach to creativity. {In fact, I think that's why there are so many art print signs out in etsyland these days--we all work ourselves so hard a little positive reinforcement goes a long way.}
I keep thinking of words to add, things to say, feeling like I need to justify myself or explain myself and where I'm coming from these days, but I don't. What I need to do, and all of you hardworking artists out there need to do, is step back and be. Simply, and wonderfully be.

(The drawing on the left is one I finished up yesterday, inspired and filled with the endless gray sky, the photos on the right are from selflesh's flickr photostream. I love how different our directions are, and how they meet on common ground.)


Homegrown {& the Bug} said...

I've been staring at your gorgeous little trees in the new drawing there for 15 minutes (seriously)...and just be-ing. God, they're friggin' great!
Isn't it weird the little things that make you stop? I mean, have you ever thought about all the weird little things that happen throughout the course of a day that stop you, even for a second?

Jessie said...

ooooohhhhhh.....LOVE your new drawing!