There are times (like right now) that I do feel spent. I’m sure you’ve been there too. The words of Peter Parker’s (Spider-Man) Aunt May come to mind, “Peter, you do too much!”
Sometimes it’s not so much that I feel like I actually did a lot but that I have so many ideas of stuff to do and create, paint, etc that it just floors me. It feels like putting in 110% but getting 3% (ROTI) return on time invested.
How does one handle these things? What happens when you just feel like taking a nap or a hiatus away from art and creating?
Sometimes it’s the business side of art that feels like I’m just walking into the wind and the only result I’m getting is bad hair. This is happening recently to me as I feel I should or could be putting more effort into selling my art. After all we just passed Black Friday and are heading into Cyber Monday ( hmmm,I wonder of it’s Cyberman Monday for Doc. Who). There’s so much pressure to sell this time of year.
Sell, sell, sell! Let’s go people! Move ’em out!
Yeah it’s strange being a capitalist and being an artist. The focus should really be on becoming a capital artist, that is, just better at what you do creatively.
Maybe I’m just in a belly aching mood We’ve all been there and we all go there.
The thing with not capitulating to capitalism is that we all get, or at least I do, swept up in the surrounding deluge that it’s all about money
especially at Christmas. Somehow the cart always gets before the horse or in modern terms iPhone 8 comes out before iPhone 6.
The first task of the artist is self-awareness and mission. Why do I create? What am I trying to do with my art and life? Money and sales are fuel; a means to keep the artist and his cohorts alive and well. Money is important but if what we do brings no value to others lives then how will we gain even financially from it.
Having some concept of why we create I suppose, is a place to return to when we feel overwhelmed and underappreciated.
That being said, sometimes a nap is just a nap…go ahead and take one! Everyone needs a rest or some sort of vacation now and then. Siesta!