Breathing space


The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

~ Pablo Picasso

I was supposed to go camping this weekend. Reserved the site months ago, had a group of friends and neighbors going, most of the gear and food was packed… the whole shebang. Then I called it off the morning of.

Even though we love camping and had been looking forward to the trip, we were dreading it as it grew closer. We had in-town commitments, chores to do (eg: someone has to feed the chickens.) It would have caused more stress and thus not been fun.

Instead, my family and I spent a delightful weekend at home. We played and ate and worked through a backlog of yard projects. We ran errands and did chores (and even went to art class!) We ended up happy and rested after a full weekend.

  • This week’s artist is – ZeroPopArt – whose work my sister recently shared with me! For even more, check out their website and instagram!

I have had art projects and commitments I’ve made that end up being like my camping trip. They started out sounding fun but then became drudgery. (This is part of why I don’t offer commission work.)

Just because something is good, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Just because something’s good for you doesn’t mean it’s good right now.

Everything ebbs and flows. We change over time, and over different periods of time. What season are you in?

Whenever I’m at the register I give the reminder to “have fun”! After all, creating is supposed to be fun. Or it’s supposed to be hard in order to clear the way for more good things afterward. If you’re not getting the results you’re needing… maybe it’s time for a different kind of spring cleaning.

No matter what it looks like, the world needs your art!

Matthew & the Art Supply House crew