The last 12 days have worn me out. My friend for 8 days, then my cousin for 4 days, both arrived with lots of tourism-energy wanting to cram in as much as possible, and me playing a bit of tour guide.
I have to admit, I took a deep breath once the visits were over and went back to some art-making with a vengeance. Socializing and art-making do not go together. When I visit with people, my artistic pursuits get pushed aside. I just have to be aware of this. Making art, or not making art, is a daily struggle, and there are so many things in life that are working against art-making time.
This does not mean I didn’t enjoy my visitors, I very much did and I felt I deepened my relationships with both of them.
But I inserted a big art day as soon as my very last visitor left. On February 6, I went to a 3-hour life drawing session in Kreuzberg, then spent 2 hours in -1˚C cold sketching the subway station Schlesisches Tor with Oona Leganovic afterwards.
Aaaaahhhh — a good day.