State of the Art: May 2020

It’s been a heck of a week. I have been utterly drained. Weirdly, as I write this, I feel more energized to make and to write than I have in over a month. I had taken Tuesday off work to give myself a much-needed four-day weekend, and that day I went with Aiden to Diana’s Baths here in New Hampshire. It’s a lovely series of pools and waterfalls that cascade over giant boulders that have been eroded over the centuries. 

I had been so burnt out over the past weeks, and I was constantly yo-yo-ing between “fine” and “deeply depressed”. We spent three hours at the Baths, and I can’t express how incredibly I felt afterwards. I really discovered just how much I need to get out into nature when I’m feeling drained. And I was so, so very drained at that point. I splashed about in the pools, I sat looking up through the trees, I watched folks’ dogs goof off, and I made some art.

I know this energy I have won’t last forever, and I shouldn’t expect it to. I’m going to try to take better care of myself and to take breaks in nature when I need them. I want to put my energy to good use instead of sitting in anger and restlessness at the state of current events, so I’ll be brainstorming what I can do to lend my hand. In order to do that though, I need to make sure my well of energy doesn’t run dry. 

Author: Katie McMahon

Katie is a comic artist and illustrator living in rural New Hampshire in a town mostly populated with elderly folks and roving gangs of sassy turkeys. She enjoys reading comics, playing board games and RPGs, drinking fair trade tea and coffee, discussing feminism and social justice, and cracking the best groan-worthy jokes the internet has to offer.

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