Monday, 15 July 2019

Artist on Vacation

VanDusen Waterfall, 10x8
original plein air painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

Here's something new I am doing this summer. I've promised myself a longish vacation. I will be making art and doing other things I love, but without any planning. I will let my creativity fly without any structure or expectations. 

No art events, no to-do lists, no obligations. For two months, it's all about freedom. 

Painting plein air at one of my favorite locations, 
VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver

This may come as a surprise to non-artists, but running an art business, despite its delightfulness, is a lot of serious work. Summers are typically loaded with artsy events and projects and for many years my summers have been flurry or activity. 

I loved my artful summers but I've noticed that the bulk of time somehow gets gobbled by those side-chores that are not so easy to love - packing, loading, driving, unloading, following someone else's instructions, displaying, cleaning up, etcetera. Not to mention loads of administrative tasks that follow everything that we do, including figuring out who wants us to do what and when. 

This year I am taking a little break, but thanks to the wonderful galleries that represent me, my art is as always available to the art lovers and there is more to come! 

Come September, I will be in full gear, rested and refreshed for my solo show and workshop in beautiful Nakusp, BC. Check out my website for details.

Are you wondering what artists do on vacation? 

This artist likes to visit beautiful, inspiring places and hang out at home. I'll spend blissfully unstructured time in the studio, do some plein air painting, hike, garden, check out art museums, and goof-off with my hubby.

Visiting the amazing Audain Art Museum in Whistler,
getting inspired by the visiting collection
from the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

I can't tell you how great this feels. I hope you make some time this summer to take it easy and do whatever you feel like doing!

View from my home studio.
Beautiful things inside and outside!