My Great Escape

October 26, 2015 | 5 Comments

The last few months have been insanely busy for me and I have realised that somehow I need to radically slow down as there is no way I can maintain my current pace. I thought I would have had a few quieter months earlier this year after Foundations ended, but that didn’t happen, so I have come to realise that if I try to take it easy at home, I will just get caught up doing things and generating new work for myself. It won’t achieve the big break and re-charge that I need. I also really need a breather from the non-stop world of social media.

These days whenever I want to go away on a holiday I think about where I can go so that I can meet and sketch with some local sketchers, but in July when we were in Cambodia recovering from the craziest of a Urban Sketchers Symposium Shari Blaukopf suggested that I should have go somewhere where there are no sketchers so that I can have a real break!  It sounds so obvious, but my holidays have become intensive sketching trips – non stop sketching, meeting people and sharing as I go online. So it just hasn’t been on my radar at all to go on a relaxing break where I know no one – how radical! And yes, I’ll admit it, I really don’t know the meaning of REST!

Anyway, I have taken this wonderful advice and booked a short break, just for me, to Norfolk Island. I know that it will be hard for me not to sketch non stop, but I am aiming to slow my pace and give my hardworking hands and shoulders a break so I am only taking a small sketchbook and limited supplies. I won’t be sharing 5 updates a day as I normally do and I’ve given myself a limit of 3 posts in total but only if I get lonely! I know one person on the island but she will be away for most of my stay, so I will have lots of ‘me-time’ to re-charge my batteries.

See you in a little while!


  • corikay says:

    Well Deserved! Enjoy your time away!

  • Alissa Duke says:

    Liz I am so pleased you are doing this . Well deserved and I hope it provides the rest you need

  • annie says:

    Best idea, Liz. You sound as if you really need this. So happy for your plans– and please don't let anything or any one make you feel obligated to do anything else. You GO, girl!!

  • JOAN says:

    I'll be interested to learn how you coped with "doing nothing"…something I have never learned how to do. I get uptight and anxious if I don't have something to occupy my mind. Yes, I can read a book, but only for a short period of time. There has to be some sort of activity besides spreading a blanket on the beach and gazing out to sea. The thought of that drives me mad. Being that you go at a mad cap pace, this will be interesting to see how you do this.

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