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...from the note pad of Shirley Reade

March 2008

From time to time, everyone feels a little down about life/painting. For some people, though, that feeling doesn’t go away. They feel like what they do no longer matters, that their life/paintings have hit a dead-end and that the have somehow failed. In short, they have artist’s burn out.

Burnout can strike anyone in any hobby or career, but it is preventable. Here are a few tips to help you avoid burning out:

  • Challenge yourself with new goals. If you feel you have reached all your goals, then what’s motivating you to keep pushing forward? The surest way to burn yourself out is to stop reaching for new goals.

  • Keep learning new skills. If you feel you’ve reached a dead-end as an artist, take a u-turn. If you’ve been painting landscapes, take a class/workshop in seascapes, portraits, etc. Keep acquiring new skills to broaden your knowledge and challenge yourself intellectually.

  • Seek new opportunities in the community. Join an Art Association, volunteer to share your talents at the Boys and Girls club and/or schools. Show your paintings in an Art show or County Fair! Paint with friends and share ideas together.

  • Get involved with a cause to help the young or elderly. Share your painting experiences with a non-profit group by volunteering in your spare time. This may help overcome the feeling that what you do doesn’t matter.

  • Become a mentor. Take a younger underprivileged person under your wing. Mentoring can help you realize how much you really do have to offer the art world. Watching your protégé’s excitement as he or she learns new skills might help you remember what it was you loved about your painting experiences when you first started and could help reignite that feeling within you.

  • Create a support system for yourself. Friends and loved ones are important components to maintaining a healthy, balanced life. Just having someone you can talk to about painting-related concerns can be therapeutic. Remember, some of the best ideas come from the most unexpected sources.

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“Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.” …Albert Schweitzer