Last week I posted in a Facebook drawing group that I’m a member of to ask if anyone felt as though they slow down when the weather turns colder and the days get darker.
Over the past few months I’ve been drawing every single day without much effort, but once Inktober was over I decided to ease off for a while, assuming I’d get back to drawing every day quite soon. But what I’ve noticed is that I’ve just slowed right down. I’ve not done much drawing and haven’t taken many photos either.
Last year and the year before I noticed the same thing. I draw less during the winter, and once Spring and Summer arrive I pick back up again.
It was interesting to hear what other people had to say about this on Facebook. Some enjoy drawing outdoors so the winter makes that more difficult. Others prefer the winter because they find the heat of summer too oppressive to get much done.
Since being diagnosed with M.E more than 10 years ago, I’ve learned to listen to my body much more than I did before. I don’t always get it right and sometimes I ignore what it’s telling me (which is never a good idea!) but I think this is one of those times when I need to realise that it’s telling me to slow down with some things.
I went onto Facebook in the hope that someone might be able to suggest ways to get myself back into drawing every day again as soon as possible, but Michael and Helen replied, reminding me that it’s OK to slow down, and in fact that by slowing down I’m responding to what my body needs and being kind to myself. If someone else had asked the question I had I probably would have said something very similar.
So as the weather continues to cool down and the days become increasingly grey, I’m going to go easy on myself. No doubt I’ll still be creative each day because even simple things like cooking a meal or choosing what clothes to wear are creative acts. It’s just that my focus and pace will probably change for a while. We’ll see how things go and I’ll continue with my attempts to stay aware of how I feel and be kind to myself.
Do you find that the seasons affect your creative work, or other aspects of your day-to-day life? I’d love to hear what you’re up to as the weather changes.