Hello and welcome to the week.
I hope you’ve had a restful weekend and are ready to dig deep and pull out incredible art. I know a lot of us freelance artists view our work week as Monday through Monday. But there is a time and place for rest. It gives us strength and helps us to reflect. That reflection is part of where new inspiration comes from. When we are drudging from one day to the next, without end, we don’t get time to recapture thoughts and understand experiences. Inspiration thrives on these thoughts and experiences.
Epiphanies may seem to come out of nowhere, but they are often the product of unconscious mental activity during downtime. (Scientific American)
My family and I have a rhythm of keeping a day of rest each week. Being at rest causes all the work you’ve been putting in to ferment and grow. So, rest. The greatest Artist I know created a day for rest and I figure if it is good enough for the Master artist then it’s good enough for me as well. (Have you see the trees? He’s my top favorite artist.)
What does this rest look like? Well, for me, as a 9-5ish UX designer, it means that all projects cease—I have personal projects I am working on, besides my full-time job, and for our time of rest, I don’t work on them. That doesn’t mean I don’t doodle or jot ideas down. I use my sketchbook as a journal and usually not far from it. As a person with a typically non-illustration job (though I do sometimes work on Beat Boards), I view non-current-project doodling as restful.
We’ve had to fight to get to this rest. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth the fight.
Here’s how we put it in Thirteen Commitments for Artists to Cultivate Inspiration: “I commit to keeping a day of rest each week, believing God is the greatest Artist and He created a day of rest as a gift—I want to be like Him.” Get your free copy here.
By the way, I’ve collected all of the “Thirteen Commitment” posts, so far, under one link. Please share them with the artists you know. You can find them here.
How do you overcome the hindrances to rest and creativity?
Have a great week everyone. Create, be happy, create more,
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