Drawing Through SAD

I get SAD (seasonal depression thought to be caused by the reduced hours of sunshine in the day) this time of year and I find it very hard to draw when I’m in the midst of it. The trouble is, I’ve promised to do a series of drawings for someone.

I’ve drawn for so long, though, that I know what I have to do. It’s really very simple. I have to draw anyway. I learned a long time ago that my ability to draw is not influenced by how I feel. How I feel about drawing is certainly influenced by my mood, but the actual drawing is not. I know that if I sit down at my easel, a drawing will emerge.

Knowing that I can draw even when the rest of my life is not full of energy and fun is a bit of art wisdom that I’m thankful to have learned. So, here is to putting one mark after the other, and for hoping spring returns soon!

Keep drawing everyone,
Carol

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About Carol

I'm an artist, author, and teaching artist. I've been writing about drawing on this website since 1999 and drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I love teaching others how to draw too.
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One Response to Drawing Through SAD

  1. natalie says:

    Commiserations…me too. Its pre-spring energy here in Scotland and I can feel my joie de vivre slowly return. I use a light and anti-depressants but its still a battle for 6 months of the year. Knowing Im not alone makes it easier!

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