Ryan James

 

Check Yourself.

Check Yourself.

 

 

It's easy when you're creatively focussed to continually work. It your passion, your play but sometimes you also have to bear in mind that it's work too. As much fun as you might be having you might also be wearing yourself down. I did. If you're lucky you'll have put a good routine down early on, if you're hungry then you'll throw routine to the wind and work till your fingers ache! After that year away I have been consciously working hard to create a healthy routine for my creative works that doesn't eat at my spirit. I'm all O.K with being tired but there's a huge difference between being tired and depleting your very essence! There is also that danger of falling into such a routine of working that you forget to actually promote yourself!! It's all very good rehearsing till silly o clock on the morning or painting till your fingers bleed but if you haven't created a platform to share your work then you aren't putting food on your table.

 

 

Are you really giving yourself the time to renew, replenish and help yourself?

 

 

Are you really though?

 

 

As artists we all draw from the experiences of our lives so be sure you have a life to draw from! Dedication to your craft is admirable but your life equates to more than the sum of your work. I have personally given myself a cut off. At 6.30 I stop doing pretty much everything most nights. I can work all day long as hard as I want to but at that time, the paint brushes get washed and the piano gets put away. Sometimes I do need to work a bit more and we all know what it's like around commission time but I don't make a habit of it. If I get an idea then of course I jot it/scribble it down but the weight of the work doesn't start till the morning after.

 

 

I need my life, my boyfriend, my friends, my walks with the dog, my family and all the little connections that I love and make up a part of who I am. I used to think that being a workaholic was noble, it's not, it's stupid. It inevitably hurts you and then hurts those around you. You need time, you need balance.

 

 

Big Love

 

 

Ryan James

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