I don’t encourage anyone to take years off from their art. Yet, small breaks can sometimes be refreshing and allow for some contemplation.
I have been reading In Montmartre by Sue Roe and it is a fabulous chronicle of the lives of Picasso, Matisse, and the Birth of Modernist Art. The topic of this blog arrived from me reading the chapter “The Impact of Van Gogh.” There is a section about Vlaminck and the period of his life where he was in military service. Forced to not do art for three years, he taught violin to the children in the towns he was stationed (45). This made me think about my own art. Sometimes I feel as though I have to catch up with everyone else. But that’s not how life works. We are forced sometimes to take breaks from our creative dreams, but we can always return to them. I too took a long break from art while returning to school for a master’s in English, taking care of a family member, and dealing with just the sudden jerks when life takes us in a different direction.
Sue Roe’s novel is inspiring because it reminds us that not everyone is born a painter, and not everyone becomes a legend over night. If you want to be encouraged to paint, I highly recommend reading it. Well, anyways, don’t give up on the journey of art.