Is it OK to take a break from art?

Jun 18, 2020 at 10:00 am by Barbara Din

Is it OK to take a break from art?

Life circumstances sometimes get in the way, of feel so overwhelming, we just can't juggle it all. We don't have the time, the mood, the muses… But if that wasn't enough, now guilt starts creeping in. So you start having this black cloud over your creative mind that asks "is it OK to take a break from art?"

Well, I imagine you came looking for a simple answer, right? But there is no such thing.

The truth is, it depends on many factors. The first one being: What is your goal with art? Meaning: You practice it because it brings you joy? Or is it that you want to be more "serious" about it and make it a career? Or maybe you enjoy the evolution and are always looking to improve? Knowing this will give you an idea of how much slack you can give yourself.

If your art is just for the enjoyment and you're just not enjoying right now, there's no need to add the extra pressure to do it. It will be there for you when you want it. On the other hand, sometimes feeling blue won't allow some of us to even reach for the things that brings us joy. If this is your case, this might be just a friendly reminder that making something that makes you feel good is allowed, even in tough situations. Especially in tough situations. 

If you usually work relentlessly towards improving and these times have made it harder for you, it might be a good idea to give yourself time to breathe. Maybe make a less strict schedule, so you don't completely fall off the wagon, but respecting and considering the special circumstances we're living in is not a sign of weakness. It is just realistic.

This might be a good time to get to know yourself a little better, ask yourself questions, answer them without rushing and as honestly as possible, and you might finesse your discerning procrastination from the real need for a break.

In any case, try not to be too hard on yourself. The rest of the world already is.

Barbara Din is a visual artist, graphic designer, painter, interior designer, crafter, musician and writer living in Argentina. Learn more about Barbara and her work at the following links:
Barbara Din YouTube Channel

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