1. Overthinking it. Sometimes overthinking your creative project can make you feel like you are going slightly nuts. Taking a break may help such a walking away from it, closing that written draft if you are creative writing. If you are a musically inclined, not listening to those recorded riffs/loops or a painter by turning that canvas around so you don't look at it every day or store it away so you can come back to it later. The main thing, it's better to revisit it if you are going through heady turmoil rather then surfing it into the sea, which I really wanted to do at one stage.
2. Things look a lot different. Coming back to your unfinished creation with a fresh view on that annoying thing that you couldn't quite fix because you couldn't work out why it wasn't working. This happened to me when a figurative painting and realising that one arm was slightly longer than the other was giving me visual havoc. Having a break from that painting and reconnecting later grew her two new identical arms, I'm sure she appreciated it!
3. You generally feel renewed. A bit like a salty water inner rebirth or a leaping baby gazelle. You will come back to it like you came out of a creative coma and ready to take on those trusty creative tools with new zesty punch.
4. A different approach. Having a break may not only add zest and new way of seeing but it may also help to use your creative tools in new ways. After my break from painting, I came back to using my easel standing up and using different types of brushes.
5. Options to reuse ideas. Even after a break and coming back to a creative subject and it's still not working, you still have the option of reusing elements of the old creation into something making something new. This could be a section of a painting, reworking it or using it as a prototype guide for a more thoughtfully executed product.
There are many reasons why we have breaks from being creative, sometimes life just gets in the way. I like to think that breaks are for a reason. Let me know what has worked for you?
There is always a story behind a finished piece whether the output is understood or not at the time.
"The Fascinator" is about the celebration of women. When I pictured this I wanted to put an element of a show into the work. Horse racing inspired me with all the spectacle of women dressed up in their wears with either a hat or a fascinator that would team with their dress. It also symbolizes nightlife and the too many times I have probably celebrated catching up with friends being a night owl. My lady is styled with black mid length hair and an organic back and sleeve tattoo relating to urban skin wear I love to be a voyeur. The fascinator is a bold emerald green in colours peacock that is more alive than just a headdress. The city night skyline glimmers in the distance. Cities have a double side meaning from my perspective. To me they can be cold and isolating and at the same time bustling, energetic, always changing and always evolving. Living half of my life in the city and country I find by witnessing them both in action has been rewarding in building future ideas.