All of us are so different even with our similarities. No doubt not all of us have “abandoned” our primary artwork and gone to something else, I’m sure. But perhaps some of us have considering various reasons. To be really accomplished in something it’s best to stick to it and work hard. We all know that. 

 

Practice at least projects us forward toward perfection even though we all understand that is not possible. Perfection is not reached although some come close. I guess, also, it’s your perception of perfection. But not the point here. Leaving one’s work to jaunt off to do something else will not make you better at what you just left behind. That we can be certain. 

 

Sometimes it’s good to take a break and go back refreshed and newly inspired. That isn’t what I’m referring to here. I’m talking a long hiatus. I have done this in my lifetime, and it was a long break in between, but there was a reason for it. During and after high school I was deeply involved in my music. Practice was daily without fail and as long as I had time to practice which I made sure was ample. 

 

Summers were spent with at least 8-hour practice days. I was preparing to play violin in the symphony which I was ready for after high school. During high school I performed in the Kiwanis Youth Orchestra which, of course, took considerable amount of practice as well. When I joined the Fresno Philharmonic, 

I also taught violin through their program to foster interest in young people to grow up with classical music and hopefully have the inspiration as I did to join the symphony. Between my own practice schedule and teaching there were no hours left for painting. Something had to be put on the back shelf. 

 

I played in the symphony for 18 years and taught as well during that time. Eventually I had to give up violin because of arthritis pain in my hands. This was a difficult time as I loved playing violin and the symphony was such an adventure. 

 

This is when I migrated back to painting, after which I also took up teaching art in elementary school. At that time, I also taught a violin class in that school and a few private lessons on the side. But the demand for full-time performance was finished. 

 

The rest is history. As artists we probably would never consider giving up completely our art whatever it is. If leaving there is usually a good reason and returning is not impossible. We are artists to the core and this is what we do.

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