|Gabar, graphite, 6" x 8"|
Gabar, or baby girl in Somalian, went unfinished for weeks. The 6x8 drawing was troublesome--or else I couldn't be bothered? The weather in Mexico was sunny and warm, the Caribbean Sea was as glorious as ever, the people were interesting, conversations were great and finishing a sketch was not a priority. Socializing an gathering new inspiration was my mission while I was out of the art cave. Artists have to breakout and experience life to keep their art lively.
But I advise keeping breaks SHORT to keep things fresh. Not extended holidays. If a break goes on too long, laziness sets in. Let's face it, making art can be very annoying and distractions can be very attractive.
Back in the cave after a month away, I returned to find I was still out of linseed oil. No rotund, jolly little elf in a red suit had come in to replenish my supply. Determined to get back to it, I tackled Gabar's skin tones and finished her off. Next, the supply store.