I’m not sure when, or how, or even why – but a little while ago my body just stopped making art.

I stopped painting, writing and blogging; meanwhile I continued to think about painting, writing and blogging. I just couldn’t make anything happen.

I couldn’t start anything. I couldn’t finish anything I’d started. I started to feel guilty about all the not starting and not finishing, which led to more not starting and not finishing.
I just didn’t have it in me.
Or rather, I had art in me that didn’t want to be made yet.
After a long while of guilty feelings and worrying about letting clients down I decided maybe I just needed to give myself a break. For once.
So I didn’t worry about turning the lights on in the studio every day hoping I’d find myself at my desk later on. I let my filing go un-filed. I let my cat sleep on the scanner undisturbed. I stopped listening to music.
And then, as suddenly as it had gone away, the art came back. I’m glad it did.

3 Responses to “Stuck.”

  1. Bunny Drueke Says:

    I’m glad you didn’t panic but took time to relax and refocus. I’m sure your cat was doubly glad it got to sleep on the scanner – lol. I’m glad your art has come back, because you have great talent. As for the cat… well, I’m sure it isn’t as happy – unless you’re still letting it sleep in its preferred spot. 🙂

  2. Maggie Pinque Says:

    A detox is something we all need – especially when we are doing so much for so many. It helps you refocus and come back with a renewed sense of what and why you do what you do.

    Welcome back.

    LOVE the self portrait. It’s glorious.

  3. barb hendrickson Says:

    thank you for your honest heart. we all need to hear that we’re not alone in our occasional “stuckness”

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