The Post-Exhibition Blues

Do you, dear artist, go into a funk after an exhibition? When the frenzy and anticipation of preparing for a show are behind you and the party high of opening night is over, it’s easy to fall prey to the what-nows. Giving in to the blues for a bit is okay while you regroup. Before it becomes a full slide into the jaws of the black dogs, though, look ahead. Finish the pieces you had to set aside to get ready for the exhibition. Plan and prepare for your next show. Take some time for study and experimentation, so you have even better work to show off next time. For me, even the assembly and surface prep of a new canvas, especially if it’s for a large work, quickly rekindles my passion for painting. What works for you?

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