Hi! Happy New Year!
Hope you had great holidays!
I had a very relaxing sabbatical week off the week before Christmas. I took it real easy, just hanging out, making art, and spent some time with friends and family.
In case you didn’t know, I take every 7th week off to recharge and rest.
I learned this concept of Small Scale Sabbaticals from Seanwes (A great place to get inspiration for your creative small business by the way!), and I’ve been taking my mini sabbatical week off since October of 2015.
It’s still one of the best business strategies I’ve ever implemented. When you’re growing your business, it’s easy to just keep working many hours because there is always something that needs to be done. Yes, I enjoy the hustle most of the time, but if I don’t intentionally take a time-off, I will eventually burn out. And if you’re burned out, you will no longer have the energy or passion to pursue what you love. That would be so sad!!
I ended up working through the last couple of sabbaticals, unfortunately, and I’d been feeling the effects for a while…
So for this sabbatical week, I was determined to not work!
I’d scheduled a few social events, but the rest of the week was wide open to do whatever I wanted!
One of the things I’d like to focus on when I’m on my sabbatical is making art for fun.
Which, I confess, is not easy nowadays.
Making art is my job now, and even if I’m just doodling, part of me is always thinking of ways to turn it into a product, like, hmmm, this floral design would make a good birthday card, or oh, I could turn this into a print for the holidays! and so on. It’s not a terrible thing since I’m still being creative and having fun, but just something to be aware of.
Anyway, here are some of the paintings I made for my 30-minute daily painting project during my sabbatical. (You can read this post to learn more about the project!)
Lots of oranges!
A couple more food paintings related to the holidays.
On Friday, my friend and I went to Emerald City Fired Arts in south Seattle and painted this dinner plate ❤
Here is the finished piece!
I’ve also been getting into embroidery lately since I had so much fun with a cute embroidery kit by Beth Colletti Art & Design earlier in December. I practiced some stitches on the blockrprinting practice fabric while we watched all of the Lord of the Rings movies on Christmas day! It was THE. BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVERRRR!!
Embroidery is quite fun and meditative! I’m not sure if I’d do anything with it, but I’d like to continue practicing this fun craft! I have hundreds of block prints to embellish, you know?
I realized since drawing or painting is always going to feel somewhat like work, I want to explore other types of arts and crafts to have fun with in the coming year.
Last but not least, I made this painting of me and Dave during my sabbatical. Through my daily painting practice, I’m painting more with gouache (an opaque watercolor) and LOVE it!
Hope you got to spend some time relaxing and being creative during the holiday season!
Here is to another year filled with making, exploring, and learning ❤