This time each year I get to reset everything. I just had my birthday and get to start the new year with a new milestone in my life. A lot of people think "resolutions" when the year changes, but I think more about what I'd like to accomplish or see happen - positive energy, general ideas to try new things and work better. I have never been one to respond to pressures of deadlines or must dos. So its best that I just embrace some positive thinking and keep my head up!
That has been hard the last few months. I realized that I had been in the dumps way too long and finally sought some help from mental health professionals. I wouldn't say I am often or chronically depressed, but there have been times in my life that I am more down than up and I think I'd been consistently down for probably more than a year. My energy was low, my motivation non existent, family stuff and business worries sapped my creative drive. Teenagers are hard. And I seriously considered giving this all up and even going to school for a degree and work in something else.
I spent a lot of last year focused on business issues (lack of sales) - and spent a whole lot less time at the easel actually creating. Big mistake. My skills suffered. So look for more work regularly. Smaller work too. Back to my comfort zone perhaps, but I think genre scenes just lend themselves to smaller scale. No more live event paintings. No more painting what I think will sell. Back to painting my 30 minute starts - letting the creative energy flow.
Happy New Year to you - lets make it a good one.
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