It has been awhile since I posted a blog, though not for a lack of ideas. I have been in a productive creative cycle lately and that means carving time out wherever and whenever I can. So, I’ve been saying “no” a lot, putting aside secondary projects and withdrawing from whatever possible. It makes it look like I’ve disappeared and lost interest. And sometimes it makes me look and feel like an asshole. This is part of being an artist and it is always a balance of when to say “no” and when to say “yes.” Saying “no” has ramifications, especially socially. But without doing so I would only have sketches and ideas, but little completed. There are times in every artist’s life when they have to withdraw and focus on their work. Promoting your work, interacting with your fellow artists and socializing all have their place and are necessary, but when push comes to shove the work must take primacy. It sometimes feels like a lonely path, and sometimes it is, but the rewards more than make up for it.