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     Mike updated 1 month, 1 week ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Mike

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    January 14, 2021 at 11:04 am

    I have just completed, two weeks ago, an oil 16×20 that required more
    from me than anything else I’ve done in a while. After completion I felt
    mentally weary. Similarly, my wife has felt this way after completing
    her sort of marathon work, and when she gets on a mental steam engine
    roll, I stay out of the way. We each notice that the other may need
    coffee or tea brought to us, but otherwise, “keep out of my space”!
    Thus, we seem to all have this experience of tiredness and/or reluctance
    to dive back into the work. After 20+ years of personal production, I
    decided some time ago that our minds need a complete down time much the
    same as does a race horse. We’re not machines, so we may as well enjoy
    the down time doing something that “delights” our mentality. Sometimes
    it’s cooking. Sometimes it’s cleaning up the studio. Sometimes it’s a
    walk down by the river or visiting friends. Whatever this is, our minds
    and bodies seem to know better than we do what the necessities for
    happiness and inner readiness require. Not to present a cliche, take
    time to smell the roses, or the food as it cooks, or nature, or maybe
    each other if that works.

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