Artist on overload

image: 2015 Series: My words, My Gifts..
image: Maria Alekseev 2015 Series: My words, My Gifts…

As an artist I tend to often feel overwhelmed, astounded, overloaded yet passionate, free and joy. When you can find an immeasurable interest, curiosity and beauty in so many things, your daily life feels like a constant research project!

Learning, analyzing, dissecting, questioning, looking, absorbing, it never ends! It is everywhere you go and impossible to turn off. Imagine going to a college class 24 hours a day, that is the simplest way I can define it.


Then we have a trip to a museum! Oh boy! The joyous and dreaded museum visit! Although museums of course are one of my favorite places to visit, I have to be very ready for such a day. Artists don’t simply go to the museum and go look at some paintings. It is all of the earning, analyzing, dissecting, questioning, looking, absorbing I just describe plus a whole lot more. This is where the responsive and emotional facet comes in, paired with the wrenching soul searching, self-doubt and self worth. The rethinking, relearning, re-dissecting everything you thought you already thought out! Then comes the rush and flood of ideas for your work. It is a roller coaster of emotions that is quite unreal and tends to chew you up and spit you out! It usually turns into a rather passionate and super intense day.


The internet can also have this effect at times. It is like living the biggest library and museum in your home, office or even on the go with cell phones! I often find myself reading up about artists or researching topics I may be thinking about for my work. I don’t get to museums as often as I like so I do view some shows online when possible.

I would really love to hear how some other artists deal with the overwhelming amount of interests and things they find beautiful. Head over to and let me know! Either write a post of feel free to send me a direct private message!