About winter and isolation.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013

An artist practice requires a commitment to time in the studio. If that studio is a private studio, like mine is, that time is spent alone and at work. In my case, the greyhounds are my company. Mostly I enjoy it. I’m not afraid to be alone. I enjoy quiet and find human activity distracting and, somewhat, emotionally draining when I’m trying to make artistic decisions. I listen to audiobooks, music or podcasts. The hounds play or sleep. It’s okay.

Then comes February. Lone-Artist-Working-In-Her-Studio turns into a Lonely Artist. What was comfortable now feels like isolation.

Maybe it is the lack of sunlight? The cold weather? Too much time indoors? The length of my “to do” list? Lack of an artistic community? North Dakota’s attitude toward artistic endeavors?

I blame them all, but I know they aren’t the root of the problem. Something about February gives me a bad case of “What If…” Add one part discontent to two parts boredom and you’ll get the “What If…” blues too.

What if I had someone to talk to? Without the Internet. What about if we could talk about art ideas, marketing work, working around the blocks and challenges and the big plan over cups of coffee. Like humans. Without the Internet.

Because the Internet is good. But it is a supplement, not the meal.


  1. Leslie Anderson
    February 8, 2013

    Hey Sarah – I live right around the corner in Hettinger and would LOVE having someone to share ideas, talk art, and get outta the winter blues with. Besides, I’m anxious to talk about the glorious tiles you make! Email me anytime! ps – I really like your photos.

    • Sarah Regan Snavely
      February 8, 2013

      Next time I’m in Hettinger! Thanks for your comment and message on facebook too. I have exactly zero ND tiles right now – need to restock after the last batch went to the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame. Now I’m off to check out your blog! 🙂 Thanks again.

  2. gyeong
    February 9, 2013

    Are all roads in ND so straight? 🙂 As much as I like to be at home, with the pups, and avoid the outside world and people, my job requires me to travel. So when I do get back home, I appreciate it all the more. I’m hoping there are a lot more artists in your area than you may think who would be willing to get together for a cup of coffee. Looks like you already have one taker.

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