If someone would have told me in December that this spring would be one of the most hectic and rewarding experiences of my life, I would’ve laughed in their face. No way life can change so much in just a couple of months, right? But the joke is on me, for sure.
This spring has been incredible. Not only have I gotten myself a second job where I get to make a change in the world, but I’ve also taken huge steps as an artist. I really feel that I’ve been able to work on my style and discover what I do want to focus on as an artist, and I have met a bunch of wonderful human beings that inspire me with their work and views of the world. It’s been wonderful.
But, as great as these months have been, it has taken a lot of energy and hard work to keep everything up and going. I have been running on fumes for a while now and lately, I’ve felt that my creativity has been stagnating. I’ve still been working and practicing, but I feel that my brain is tired. Jake Parker once made a video about how you need to regard your creativity and inspiration as a bank account where you can make withdrawals on a day to day basis, but only for as long as you regularly make deposits. I think this is a lovely metaphor, because you mentally start to feel it as soon as that creativity starts to run out. Your brain gets slow, you start to put things off or you just don’t want to pick up that pen to do an art study. And this is where I’m at right now.
Thus, from tomorrow and up until July 2nd, I will be taking some time off. This means that I will not be as active online as I usually am, and that I will not be putting up new drawings for a while. Instead, I will be taking the time to walk in the woods, see new places, pet my kittens, read books and quite frankly do nothing at all. I hope that when I get back, my creative bank account will be filled with new thoughts and ideas enough for a project or two. Until then, I’ll most likely spend my days with this view: