So almost two years ago I posted that I'd be going on a hiatus from DA. I signed in today for the first time in...uhhh... I don't even know how long, to 1,000+ messages, 3,000+ new deviations and 600+ watch notifications. I'm thinking I'm just going to leave those there.
I went from buying a bookstore to owning a toy store to being the vice chair on the BIA and running several events and more in town. I haven't taught an art class in over a year and I've turned down I don't even know how many requests. Even the clients I used to love drawing for I've been saying no to because, really, I could already use a couple dozen more hours in the day. I've said yes to only one contract (a children's book no less...how the f*ck did that happen...?) because it's for a friend but that'll be it.
The cool thing about having a store and being an ex-illustrator? I slap ancient artwork up on the walls and for some reason people buy it. Works for me! My old art cabinets are finally thinning out and our walls are nice and colourful.
I think I've drawn maybe two pictures in the last year, and oddly I don't really miss it. I think when you stop drawing for yourself and just draw for everyone else for a decade you eventually burn out and stop caring. When life slows down (hah! right!) I'll start drawing for myself again.
In the meantime we've got an offer on 10 acres and plans to build a new house. Because we have time and the energy to do that sort of thing, right? RIGHT? Oh good god...
Now I have to decide if we want to keep our current house as well or sell it when the new one is on the go.
Did I mention I'm debating doubling the size of the store again?
Why do I do this to myself?