Well, I've been thinking about art. Haven't actually DONE any- yet- but I've been thinking about it. My husband is also a professional artist (animator) and he stays very busy, so there's always art making going on in our house anyway- it's impossible to get away from. But over the past week I've been getting little flashes of inspiration, moments where I think of a work in progress or one that I've wanted to start and go "aha!". Then I remind myself that I am on a BREAK... and it goes away, kind of. A lot of it has been sitting in my head- the way I would depict a photo I took the other day- how it would look in graphite- how I would do it, etc.
So, all in all, I take that as a good thing. Art making is hard- no doubt about it. Making a living with it is even harder. And there is always the debate over commercialism vs art for art's sake- something a potential customer may want vs what you are trying to say from the deepest pit of your heart and soul. Problem is, not a whole lot of people want your pain and anguish hanging above their couch. I paint what I love- what interests me, what I know, what strikes me as important to convey- and I've been pretty lucky in that I have an audience. Niche market, maybe, but a good one.
But I'm not quite ready to pick up the brush just yet. The fact that my mindset is changing though- from last month's exhaustion borne"I never want to create a piece of art again" to "hmmm- that might be a really cool painting" gives me hope. Heck, maybe in another two weeks I'll even pick up a pencil again. Maybe.