Saturday, December 27, 2008

clandestine or Staying undercover

Mata Hari

This is a drawing of the spy Mata Hari who was executed for espionage at the end of world war 1. I love the fact that she made her spying carer while not trying to hide herself, but quite the opposite - becoming a performer and being a very public figure.

I've been keeping myself in hiding in the past couple of days, I decided after the last trunk show of the holiday season, that since it's not going to be much of a busy Etsy week, I'm going to take some time off and just rest and, well, do nothing. It's hard when you are working from home and when what you love doing is also what you work at to just stop. Also, because promoting is a big part of my work, taking time off meant, for me, not producing art or blogging or going on flickr or doing anything like that.

I'm not quite sure what the purpose was, I think I just needed a break without feeling bad about it. And so, I spend the last couple of days on vacation - I played Spore for a couple of days, then watched Ned play it for a couple of days. I've slept in strange hours, I've eat junk food and snacks, and the house is even more messy then usual, including a bunch of pots still full of food on the stove which, since I didn't pack - I will have to throw out. I didn't answer any e-mails, work of friend related and basically just been wallowing in my own body, even though I showered - I feel like a mess!

I guess sometimes I just need to slow down and do nothing, even if it means 10 hours of stupid computer games. I'm trying not to feel guilty, and I fail...


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7 comments:

Matt Rohland said...

Really nice work, I love the rawness of the human form and the brush work.

lostfoundagain said...

That's awesome! I'm glad you were able to give yourself a vacation. I can imagine it must have felt weird to let everything go like that.

ArtSparker said...

Hello, I enjoy your sensitive line work. I'm on etsy also and have been confused by it so I know the state of mind you describe.

joseph's art and stuff said...

love your style!

INDIGENE said...

Great work, it reminds me of Egon Schiele (not sure of spelling). But it's raw and real! I know how you feel, that with the combination of the end of year, reflecting and trying to see what will work for 2009 has me in a tail spin! Remember time out for yourself is never wasted, because you're investing in your future and the others around you! Take care and Happy New Year.

ded said...

Really great work! Love your style!

Alberto GarcĂ­a said...

Wow... I love these drawings. They remind me in some way to the work of John Hendrix, which I guess you already know and who I admire a lot. I like the naive way you treat the figures, childish but professional at the same time :-D