Grinding away on my computer the past three months, I’ve had to remind myself how essential it is to take a break from technology. From getting my art prints into local stores, like Canadian Handmade Penticton, to opening a new Etsy shop, BC Art Escapes, my days have been filled to overflowing with work, work, work.
Original acrylic art on canvas board, available only at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/BCArtEscapes .
I know it’s time for a serious break when I start to feel like lying down and screaming at the top of my lungs—usually a good indicator that intense self-care is required, NOW.
Fortunately, I have a long list of self-care options for mind, spirit, and soul when work gets to be overwhelming. One of my favourites is a visit to an art gallery. For me, the world of art is a transformative, sensory-soaked experience, an escape from the ordinary where you can forget about the outside world for a few hours or more. To be sure, there is something magical and meditative about strolling through an architecturally stunning building, quietly contemplating the artwork of talented artists from around the world, past and present.
Last summer, my husband and I took a short and sweet getaway to Vancouver, BC, for the stellar Imagine Van Gogh Immersive Exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Center on the waterfront. I found an overnight stay at the newly renovated St. Regis Hotel, a short city stroll to the show. A little luxury always feels nurturing.
Being immersed inside the artworks of Vincent Van Gogh was something out of the ordinary. I loved the feeling of walking inside an impressionist painting and seeing the painterly strokes of Van Gogh’s hand up close. My only complaint was the speed at which the screens changed, which seems counter-intuitive to simply soaking up artwork at your leisure.
When work feels like a grind and nothing seems to be moving forward, why not take a trip to your local art gallery? You may not only feel like you’ve had a mini-vacation, but you may leave with fresh inspiration as well. I’m going to visit one of the galleries here soon, along with heading out on many rejuvenating Spring hikes with friends who appreciate nature as much as I do.
After all, all work and no play is not what we’re here for. Put some joy into your journey with some artistic self-care soon.
And for anyone looking for fresh new wall art for Spring, Easter, or Mother’s Day, I’m launching my first sale on my Etsy shop, starting today! First time shoppers receive 20% off everything in my shop, for a limited time only.
Tara Panrucker, Copyright 2022
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