So funny thing… after my second art show in May, I have found the hardest time painting, meaning I would have to work myself up to doing it for days… yeah you know what that is? That’s burnout. I never thought I would feel burnt out from a hobby I really love, but here I am and you know what? That’s ok, because it gives me some time to try something new! To be honest I tried writing this post last night and it kinda turned out like crap, mainly because I didn’t realize until this morning what the source of the burnout was. I miss painting abstracts and to be honest, I’m tired of painting objects that don’t turn out realistic or as good as I pictured it.
I kept wanting to expand my painting skill set, which is perfectly normal and I can continue to do so but I think the important thing here is to realize that I was attempting to paint/draw/create realistic object images or prints because they seem to be more popular or sell better than abstracts do… hence the burnout. Now I was really excited about some of the ideas I had that are different from my usual abstract style, they were cartoony so not too far off, but I think because I felt the NEED to try and be in the style of what seems to be selling well on Etsy that it added more pressure and it just felt like a chore rather than fun. To be honest I don’t feel entirely bad this happened, I’ve heard this is something a lot of artists and creatives go through, it almost seems like a right of passage HA! As unfortunate as it is, I guess it was bound to happen.
On top of that I get bored really easy, so generally I like changing it up when it comes to how I spend my free time. I guess it was only a matter of time before I needed a break from painting with how much I was doing it in my free time maybe it’s time to give the watercolors a break (I KNOW I KNOW, I’ve grown quite fond of them too but don’t panic this isn’t a forever thing) and get back to what really sparks my creative juices: acrylic abstracts.
With that being said, I don’t want to feel confined to just doing abstracts, that’s not who I am. I LOVE trying new artsy hobbies and I LOVE trying new art supplies. I just think I need some time to rebalance with abstracts but also to venture outside of “just painting” in order to feel inspired again. I have a couple of passion project ideas up my sleeves that I have really wanted to work on so I might try working through those ideas to see what happens. I’m also dying to try print making again. I tried it back in my high school art class and really loved it, I was planning on taking a local class but unfortunately I didn’t make the deadline. So maybe I’ll try it on my own, I already know the process so why not?
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that it’s ok to feel creatively drained or burnt out. It’s important to look at the why this is happening though? Do you feel like you aren’t really creating what you want to create or more simply you’re just tired and need to take a step back and try again next week? I think there’s a thin line between honing your craft and staying “on brand” ugh I hate that. So what happens if you have a really awesome painting, drawing, something of an idea that you are really excited to create but it’s different from anything you’ve ever made. Does that mean you shouldn’t do it? I definitely don’t think that’s the case, I think as artists we should be free to create whatever we want as long as we really want to and don’t do it just cause it’s on trend and might be successful. Others might disagree with me but that’s ok, we are all allowed to have our own opinions. Now I would love to know how you are doing with your hobbies? Are you currently just absolutely obsessed or taking a break, leave a comment and let me know!