Life Without Art

For the past couple of weeks, I have been feeling this dull frustration—that kind of lurking feeling of the doldrums, of something not being right. I had been chocking it up to my lack of routine and workspace these days, since we’re staying with family and waiting for our new housing lease to start September 1. But then, it dawned on me—I haven’t been making any art. “Why haven’t I been making any art?” I wondered. “Why don’t I just make some art!?” I exclaimed.

And so, I made a plan to draw yesterday, and just having the plan made me feel better. And then when I actually put pen to paper, I knew everything was going to be alright. And here is what I drew, another lesson I’m trying to remind myself of:

Today, I feel better by leaps and bounds, and I have to just laugh at myself—haven’t I learned this lesson before? If I go too long without making something, I start to feel off—a little blue, and just darn frustrated with the world.

How easy it is to forget the simple fact that I need to just keep making—I mean, I really forgot it at one point, and the remembering is what started what is now Blue Bicicletta. But I hadn’t forgotten it for a while since then. But then the situation, and my monkey brain got together and decided to give me a little challenge. I appreciate that challenge now because this is an important lesson to remember—making art is bigger than just drawing for me—it is my version of really living (when the trivial drops away and I can just have fun). It expands me, but also gives me comfort and feels like coming home to myself. And so I say it again, THANK YOU ART!

{P.S.: I apologize for the poor quality image—am having some technical difficulties. Will hopefully have a better one soon}

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2 Responses to “Life Without Art”


  1. 1 Dawn August 27, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I love what you made! I need art in my life to. I think we all do!

  2. 2 Kerri August 28, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Nicole, I think you’re fabulous. That pretty much sums it up for me tonight!


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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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