Learning to step back and take a break from an overworked project is hard to do. This is the case for any creative idea. Working with clay has taught me the importance of this lesson (repeatedly)! Rest renews and rejuvenates creativity.
I visited Huntsville, Alabama this past week to spend several days with my daughter’s future mother-in-law. I was invited to acquaint myself with a garden clay project she has in mind and spend some fun time together. This relaxing break from my typical routine, proved to be rewarding in numerous ways.
Travel is an opportunity to recognize our shared commonalities as well as appreciate unique local traditions. We spent time visiting art galleries, area shops, historic sites and tasting regional food selections. I gained a sense of the community through all these encounters and look forward to future visits to supplement my first-time enjoyable experience.
Rest from routine has its rewards. When I returned to my studio, it was easy to jump into several of the custom projects I have on my plate. Ideas that may have been stalled seemed easily accessible. This is the beauty of rest.