Friday, August 15, 2008
Sometimes I Just Need a Break
Being an artist and working from home is great - my schedule is flexible, I do what I love, and I get to spend lots of time with my daughter. But sometimes working from home has it's drawbacks - when things get busy and stressful, there's no escaping the "office".
Back in my engineering days, if I had a stressful day at work I could at least come home and sort of forget about it for a while. When I've had a long day of painting, I come in from the studio to a house full of more work stuff. I've got framed paintings in the front room, works in progress on the mantle, my computer on the kitchen table, etc etc... Same goes for Nate since he works from home, and it's all magnified by the fact that we're living in a condo while we build our house, which means no dedicated office space for now.
Anyhow, the point is that it's been a busy month, and I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed with various committments and just needing a break. I had some deadlines to meet this week and just felt like the paintings I was working on were a complete struggle, and I realized I just needed to get away from it for a bit. I think it's important for me to realize that my work can suffer when I get tired, and that especially in art, it's necessary to recharge sometimes to continue to do good work.
So, we booked a hotel room last minute and took a little drive over to Aspen to relax for a couple of days. It seems kind of funny to take trip to a resort town when we already live in one, but I just wanted a change of scenery, and Aspen is a familiar town where we can just hang out and chill for a couple of days.
So far, we had a lazy dinner and took Aspen swimming in the hotel pool. Plans for tomorrow include more of the same, and maybe a short drive or hike to take in the scenery. I'm debating whether I even want to visit any art galleries while we're in town, but I'm feeling the pull - that's why it's hard for me to actually take a real break from art!
Oh, and btw, it's funny to be here and have to explain to everyone that no, I did NOT name my daughter after the TOWN of Aspen, thank you very much. I mean, it's nice here, but really...