Sunday, March 7, 2010


Life gets busy. Too many things going on. Too many things distracting us, pulling us away from our creativity. How do you cope with all the distractions?

My "daily posts" are no longer daily.

As I visit your wonderful inspiring blogs, I find I'm not alone in this dilemma. Life is a reality and creative people not only juggle the usual things, job, family, house, we also juggle creative time. The crazy thing about "creative time" is you need to clear your head, of everything else, to perform it. That can often be a challenge!

I leave Wednesday for a week in Florida. My posts will cease for that time. I hope to return fresh and energized. Sometimes we just need to step back for awhile and recharge our batteries. Get off that merry-go-round and take a deep breath...

Spring is popping. Life is emerging all around us. Flowers want to peek out. Its a titillating time for artists. If you can't get a break from life, allow yourself a break. Don't beat yourself up if you need some time to step back a bit. Its ok if you scale back some of your self proclaimed demands. I know as artists, our motivation and drive is self driven. We learn to keep the engine running. What I'm saying is its ok to park the car once in awhile. Go enjoy spring's emergence. Allow yourself to get some fresh air.

Breath deeply and absorb the relaxation...

My guess is you'll be very ready to return to your creativity. When you do, the break you took will benefit your outcome. If you're feeling a bit burnt, don't wait until you're completely burned out before you stop. Remember to take care of yourself.

This may be my last post until the 18 or 19. Smile, be happy and most of all, be kind to yourself. See you in 10-12 days. Enjoy life!

Posted (older work) Cloud Shadows on the Beach original oil painting 18x24" by Susan Roux


  1. Yes Susan, you' right we need to say stop !
    I hope your stay in Florida is very salutary for you and your art...
    But i see with your lovely painting you pull a little ahead of your holiday... You would like to be on the beach!... with the sun...
    Kisses and thank you for your message on my blog.

  2. I find my most productive work time is between 4 - 7 a.m. and thankfully there is little distraction at that hour! Enjoy your week in Florida Susan.

  3. I started blogging every other day, and found it was too often for people to visit and comment, now I go every three days or so, and it is so much easier on my studio time as well...

  4. Susan, where do you go in Florida? I am in Naples.

  5. Thank you for those words - I needed to hear that! Love the beach scene. The colors are lovely.

  6. Have a great time in Florida. I'm taking three days off next week as well. Unfortunately I'm only going two hours south but that means less time driving and more time relaxing.
    I have the same problem you mentioned on my blog but vacation is the time to relax and enjoy. Have fun!

  7. This is such a beautiful painting! I love it!

  8. this is really nice Susan. I like the umbrellas on the left side. They really make it work.
    Tell everyone in Florida I said Hi.

  9. I have just discovered your blog because I noticed you had singned in to mine. Sadly I now find you will be gone for a bit. Ah well that will give me time to catch up on those that i have not read. I love the painting above so sparkling and full of life. Thanks again for taking the time in your very busy schedule to check out my blog.

  10. Hi Susan,
    I hope you have a nice trip. Thanks for the tips and ideas for recovering lost creativity. I must say I have lots of ideas that I would like to transfer into paintings but time and lack of better abilities don't let me.
    I love your beach paintings, they are really-really lovely.
    Best regards,

  11. I agree with Dennis...nice colors Susan!

  12. the title enhances the beauty of teh painting: you have captured a warm summer breeze and an opportunity to reflect in that painting that the 'busy' is put into perspective:)

  13. have fun in florida--this is a beautiful painting


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