Initially I wasn’t going to publicly announce my short leave from painting but after thinking things over, it seemed best to create a post to answer any questions or concerns that may arise. The last time I took a break from painting, I didn’t make any sort of announcement which caused a few people to really worry when they couldn’t get in touch with me. I’d rather that not happen again as I expect this break may be a long one and I might not be easy to contact.
If you follow my work, then you might already be aware that my interest in writing has been growing over the past few years and has steadily consumed more of my creative time. What many don’t know is that I’ve been ghostwriting – a lot – since about 2010, mainly for fun and also to improve my writing skills. In 2015, I delved into writing non-fiction while learning the ropes of independent publishing which was immensely rewarding. Currently, I’ve spent the last year penning works of fiction under various pen names, finding my writing voice and experimenting in writing different genres of fiction.
At the beginning of the year, I thought I would be able to juggle continuous painting with ample time for my family while still being able to pursue my writing projects. I’d imagined myself able to complete short daily painting sprints effortlessly with plenty of creativity left over to add thousands of words toward my writing goals. Ha! Needless to say, I was completely and totally wrong but it taught me a valuable lesson: The time has come to make some changes.
Although my intentions are good, I’m sometimes bad about taking on more than I can handle and this time I truly overdid it. In February, it became abundantly clear that I needed to make a cut somewhere in order to maintain sanity as total creative burn-out kicked in, yet again. Long story short, this time I knew had to make a choice and I’ve chosen to step back from painting, for a time to focus on my family and writing projects.
What IS Changing
Have I quit painting?
No way. I could never quit painting, even if I tried — it’s what I do and have always done. If you follow my work here or on social media accounts, I will still continue posting whatever I’m working on, so that won’t change but may become less frequent or awhile.
How about Commissions & Custom Painting Requests?
I will not be accepting any custom art requests for the time being. That said — for local art enthusiasts — I want to point you in the direction of two amazing groups in the Yuma area with many talented artists that you should check out for custom art: Northend Artists’ Coop and Littlewood Coop
Limited, for the time being. Currently, my plans only include painting for personal leisure or to create artwork for tutorial videos, workshop books and a few other projects already in the works. If I make anything new though, you will find it here so keep an eye out. A small selection of my prints and other art products are currently still available on Amazon.
Art Shows & Live Classes/Workshops?
As for shows, I will not be creating any new work for or be participating in any art shows locally or abroad for the time being.
Northend Artists’ Cooperative
What might seem most significant to those who follow my work locally– I’ve recently resigned from the Northend Artists’ Coop.
To expand on that, my leaving the NEAC was most definitely the hardest decision to make. I have been with The Northend Artists’ Coop in Yuma since 2011 and they have been a wonderful group. In that time, they have become like an extended family to me and I’ve enjoyed painting with them immensely. It is my hope that someday I may join them again when my plate is less full.
To anyone who follows my work, please continue supporting these great artists – go to their shows, buy up all of their art and visit with them on Saturdays because they are a wonderful bunch who do great things for the art community in Yuma, AZ!
How Long is This painting break?
I’m not sure. Perhaps a few months? Perhaps a few years? My guess is that it’s somewhere in between, but please know that I have not made this decision lightly. It’s taken me a very long time – years, to be exact – to come to the conclusion that I truly need this break.
Why am I going into so much detail about this (some have actually asked)? My main reason for this is simple. You may be one of many who have followed my work for over fourteen long years now and you have a right to know that I have not fallen off the planet. I am most definitely okay and most importantly, I have not stopped creating.
If you made it this far through my long-winded post, I hope you will find yourself as excited as I am, because I’m preparing for some new creative adventures. While it’s true I won’t be telling as many stories with a brush and canvas in the immediate future, I will still be telling stories through written word and other creative outlets. I can’t wait for what the future holds. I have a feeling many exciting things will unfold in the months and years ahead and when they do, I’ll be thrilled to share them all with you.