Thursday, November 17, 2011

Burning Out, Hitting a Creative Wall

It happens every once in a while, I burn out from doing to much artwork, saying yes to a bunch of projects all at the same time. It's like the mind and the spirit just call it quits. Sometimes the weeks just fly by, and before I know it I"ve been down at my studio 10 hours a day for 6 days of the week. The mind is saying "STOP", unfortunately it means I won't be able to do as much work for a group show in the coming days.....but it happens

In the end it comes down to how I'm orginizing my time,   how much breathing space I'm giving myself between things, and what I'm saying yes to.  Its hard cause I get all these opertunities and sometimes they fall on top of each other.  Sometimes I say yes to something, but don't realize that it's way more work then I thought.  I think what I need to do is set some rules for myself.  Rule like what is the mimium amount of time I need for a group show,  how much time do I need to prepare enough works for a solo art show, can I do this design project on this date.  Do I really want to be apart of 'this' project.  Even the ever important question, am I being paid enough for the work I'm doing.

It's important for me to have a life besides my art,  I need to still make time for friends, time for having fun.  It can't all be work.  I also  need time to be inspirted, and time to think about what I want to create, instead of just producing works under a tight schedual that doesn't allow for new ideas.  I don't want to be an art factory,  it has to be enjoyable.

I guess we all fail, we all have our limits, and the more I come to understand my own limits, the better I'll be at preventing burn outs.   Sometimes saying "I can't do anymore" is ok.

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