Friday, July 29, 2011

Merry go round - Do you take a holiday from your art?

It's the last Friday of the month, so join us on our merry go round for a quick spin.  The merry go round is where a group of 11 artists/craftwomen link together around the world and tell you a little about their art and craft, through blogging on the same topic.

This month's topic is "Do you take a holiday from your art/craft?"

When I travel, especially back to England etc, I do take a break from my art. Metal clay and anodizing aluminum aren't things that are easily portable, so they stay behind.  My mind however doesn't take a complete break. When I see or hear something inspiring, ideas develop and I try to find a way to incorporate that into a design that I can work on when I get home again.  But it does feel like I have a holiday and a break from it.

I do find however, that I don't tend to take a holiday from my business.  When I'm not at home, and not creating, for the last  20 months or so, I've still kept up with my daily blogging. It is very rare when I don't blog everyday.  I enjoy it a lot - otherwise I wouldn't do it...So even if I'm not creating, I'm still "working" in that I'm still publicizing my work and my online stores are still open and I respond to queries etc.

Photo by © Ahmed Amir
Today my sister, her husband, and my two nephews arrive from England for a vacation with us, before going on to Yosemite and SF for a few days.  We are going to be busy doing lots of fun things and so I am going to take a break this week from my daily blogging.  I'll still have my bird a week challenge to do - but I've created him early, in preparation.

But while I won't be blogging daily, I am selling at the Farmer's Market on Sunday so it's not a complete work holiday!  I actually booked it intentionally while my sister was here, as I thought it would be a fun thing for us to do together.  And I won't be closing my online stores....

Hmmmm.....It's made me think....maybe I should take complete breaks from all business related things, as well as creating. I wonder what the other merrier's do?  Click on the links below and find out:

Samantha at Vintage is for lovers -
Jen at Painted Fish Studio -
Bethany at Dirksen Dabbles -
Laura at Blue Terracotta -
Monika at Red2White -
Mitsy at ArtMind -
Kim at Vilt a la Kim -
Sara at Crafts of Texture -
Mariana at Florcita -
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent -
Ruth at Birdland Creations -

Or else you can click on the blog hop below.  If you are a merry go round participant, please add your link if it's not already included. You can then copy the code and put it on your blog post too.


Anonymous said...

mmm, true, while I feel no need to take a break from creating, I often think of taking time of all business related work. Have a good summer holidays! :)

Marly and Angie said...

Enjoy the time with your sister and family, Ruth! We'll have fun picturing you and Mary selling your beautiful jewelry at the Sunday market tomorrow! Wish we could join you!

meherio68 said...

It 'is' difficult to really, completely stop, isn't it?
Your post reminded me that I, on the other hand, prefer to close e-shop when I have to be away from home for more than just a week-end— which I didn't mention in my post, and which I'm going to day for the next two weeks or so.