I'm thinking of Enid Wood www.enidwood.com this morning. She is hosting a mentoring pastel group in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. I am imagining being there and enjoying the learning and the camaraderie. Attending a workshop or mentoring for a few days is such a good way to renew your interest and lift your spirit. It is hard work as well.
Think about attending a workshop or having an art retreat. If you attend a workshop be sure and check with other artists about the style and teaching of the artist. Some people are great artists but not great teachers and vice versa! Plan to learn and try the new or different style. Don't expect to create a masterpiece. Relax and enjoy the experience. You can keep any of the technique you like and discard what is not relevant or helpful to your style. But try it!!
If you can't travel, perhaps you can arrange a retreat at home. With or without other artists! Just immerse yourself in art. Try something new. Use some videos or magazine lessons to break out of your normal routine.
Plan a bit ahead. Do your shopping and errands ahead of time. Arrange for your spouse to fend for themselves for a couple of days. Tell folks you are not available for phone, texting, e-mail, etc., and stick to it. I'm planning for a couple of days soon. I will let you know when that happens!
I imagine Enid and the other artists are in their own world for a few days! Excellent!
We had our summer vacation, now I need to focus on what comes next!