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,

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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