Taking Time to Breathe
Time management is a juggling act for most people. As an artist, hours are divided between the studio and a myriad of business activities ranging from correspondence and gallery submissions to the planning of marketing efforts. The work involved can be rewarding and exhausting all at the same time, as it is for most entrepreneurs.
What is perhaps a little different for artists is the truly personal nature of making their art. This is work that depends on endless imagination and ideas, hours of looking hard to see beyond the surface. Each completed artwork leads to another challenge to reach further, to do more, to connect with the viewer in a meaningful way.
All of this can be draining on the creative spirit. Well known author Julia Cameron described "filling the well" in her best-selling book, The Artist's Way - words of wisdom for artists. I couldn't agree more. I find it very important to take time for a walk, to listen, to consider, to breathe. The world is full of sights and sounds, colours and shapes to stoke the imagination.
Others often ask if I ever run out of ideas when I am painting. No, I don't.
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Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art