The Art of Doing Nothing

Posted on March 23, 2016 in Blog, Mindset | 4 Comments

For most of 2015 and until the opening reception of my solo show in February 2016, I was pretty much a “doing machine”. A solo show is a lot of work. Not only is there the creation of the art, but a show includes quite a lot of organization and marketing. Basically, 2015 was all about the solo show. Don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining. It was an awesome opportunity. But, it really was a year of constant “doing”. And when I wasn’t actually working on the solo show, I was constantly THINKING of doing stuff for the solo show.

When the show wrapped up, I thought I had taken a break. I immediately took the sewing machine to the service center for its annual cleaning which gave a self-imposed break from sewing for a couple of weeks. However, somehow, I kept working on the business side of art. In essence, I never really took a break. Adrenaline was running through my body coming off the show and I wanted to take advantage of the momentum from the show.

A week ago Sunday, we had a really beautiful day with the temperatures into the low 80’s. I had spent the early part of the day having brunch with a friend and then visited the Jackson Pollock exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. That afternoon around 3pm, I sat outside on my patio with my dog Bella on my lap and did absolutely nothing. NOTHING. I didn’t bring a book, no music, nothing. Just sat and enjoyed doing absolutely nothing.

wipAt first, I thought that Sunday afternoon of enjoying the patio was just me enjoying one of the first pretty afternoons of spring. But by Tuesday, I still wasn’t getting anything done. I wasn’t going to the gym, I wasn’t working on art…either creating art or the business. Nothing. I quickly recognized that my body and soul was craving a break. So, I put my To Do list aside and decided to do NOTHING for the rest of the week. My self-imposed mini-vacation was to end on Saturday.

By Saturday, I was back to my old self and in the studio and at the sewing machine. Sometimes, it is OK to just take a break.




4 Responses

  1. Helen Conway
    March 26, 2016

    I have long been planning a ‘break’ when my solo show opens in May. But somehow I have a list of things to do when I am on a break. Nice things like sketching classes and planting the garden. But still things to do. Your post is s good reminder that we need rest too!

  2. Carol
    March 26, 2016

    Helen, I had a long list of “stuff” I wanted to do as well. Go to museums, movies, etc. Non-art stuff, but it still it was a “to do” list. I found that I still needed to just DO NOTHING. Good luck on some down time after your show! Carol

  3. Susie MondY
    March 28, 2016

    Amen, sister. Loved reading this.

  4. Carol
    March 28, 2016

    Thanks Susie. We just get on the hamster wheel of doing all the time that sometime you just have to stop and get off.

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