Taking Breaks

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

Anne Lamott

I feel like it's been ages since I painted or wrote a blog post.

In reality, it's been 2 weeks.

Yet, I feel frustrated with myself for taking a long(ish) break. I'm also itching to get back to work (which I take as a good sign).

I think that after having let so many years pass without making art, I'm fearful of returning to that state. I know though that I love it too much and it's so solidly part of my life now, there's no going back!

This time of year is a busy time for most of us. If there's ever a time to break from one's usual activities, the holidays are it.

We all deserve a break, don't we?

I have to remind myself that it was a good year for my art.

I finally established an *almost* daily practice, which was jump-started through a 100 day project.

I explored all kinds of new-to-me materials (here's one example).

cuppaday painting series (cups & glasses)
Part of my #cuppadaypainting series

And not only is it okay to take a break, maybe it's beneficial.

A few years ago, I was taking a daily beginner French class. I found that after a long weekend, the lessons sunk in more and I returned to class with better skills.

I'm hoping the same to be true in the process of making art.

After some time away, perhaps we return with some clarity or a fresh perspective.

So let's not punish ourselves for taking breaks.

How do you feel about breaks? Do you get upset with yourself from taking time off? Or do you see the value in taking a break?

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