June 13, 2021

The necessity of stopping

The season of my art making is changing. June, for me, marks the beginning of a time of more reflection.

My productivity lessens to take stock of where I am and where I might be going next.

Now, I write more and paint less. I reflect more. I try to hold off from doing too many things.

I want to create vacancy in my life.

It is this opening that often permits something new, unexpected, and vibrant to arrive.

Hear how I frame the natural rhythms of art practice.

I know this, in the short term, is the opposite of productivity.

However, for me, it is all about ensuring my productivity will continue in my life and art practice.

Exhaling always is followed by inhalation.

Busy always gives way to inactivity.

I believe both are a prerequisite to a vibrant, healthy, and productive art practice.

So maybe today, exhale and take stock of where you are in your art-making.

Is it time to give pause? Is it time to ratchet up your energy?

There is no right or wrong time to when you ease up.

Just maybe that you do.

Let us know in the comments.

Are you inhaling or exhaling? And if so, how?

Thanks for being here.

Nicholas

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Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

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