Friday, July 18, 2008

What I Learned on Break

Some flower sketches done over my break.

This post is about some of the things I learned while I took a 3 week blogging break.

About Breaks in General:
  • Short term breaks are good for you. A few weeks ago, I was totally out of ideas and figured I'd never have another. Now, I'm ready to blog, keen to blog, and I have ideas. Even enjoyable things can become a drudgery and a break from them is helpful.
  • You don't want to be on break forever. Three weeks is about my limit. If I was still on break, I'd be grumpy that I hadn't written a post.
About My Art:
  • Sketching. I really enjoyed grabbing my sketchbook when I had five minutes and just drawing whatever was in front of me. I had no goals or objectives in mind, I just wanted to enjoy the process of drawing again. It also gets easier to just dive in when you are drawing several times a day.
  • Coloring. Honestly, it was good for me to get away from fussing about with color for a few weeks - just graphite sketching, with one or two spots of pen and ink. I'm ready to come back and dive in to color again.
  • Ideas. While I was in "just sketch for fun" mode my brain worked out some ideas, particularly some ideas about style. I've studiously been trying to not worry over style for a few months now - clearly I was getting nowhere. Then, one day, just sketching and relaxing...BOOM...ideas starting pouring forth.
  • Organization. Well, I'm not sure if it's organization or attention to detail, but I found myself lacking. Some of my break coincided with a family holiday...I did not purchase a particular item before I left that I desperately wanted on the trip and I left a sketchbook on an airplane (without info in it.) I'm still kicking myself about those things! :-)

About Blogging:
  • People. I really missed my virtual friends while I was away. In many ways, it felt a little lonely (at least for art conversation.)
  • Reading. I glanced at my reader a few times, but did not keep up on blogs for the three weeks. Even though it is a slow time for blogs, I still had over 400 entries. Considering how much time it would take to read everything through, I decided to skim many, delete others, and just read over my favorites. That process has made me think that I need to reconsider how much time I spent reading blogs. Maybe I am oversubscribed. Maybe I just need to read my favorites and ditch the rest...not sure about that, but I am thinking about it. (BTW, I still have not fully caught up!)
  • Writing. I missed thinking about art issues and writing about them.
In short, I missed you all terribly and I'm ready to dive in!


Katherine Tyrrell said...

Great to have you back Rose - and what a nice post with lots of useful tips - you'll be seeing it again in my blog post tomorrow!

Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

We missed you too Rose!
I truly hope you enjoyed your time away.
I'm so sorry about your sketchbook! That's awful. You know, I wouldn't have thought to put my name in it either.

Valerie Jones said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you are feeling refreshed! Sorry about the sketchbook.....

Rose Welty said...

Thanks everyone! Good to be back...and I definitely am putting contact info in all future sketchbooks!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Rose! These sketches are great. Nice contrast and hatching.

We missed you, too. I'm anxious to learn along with you.