“Do artists ever really take a vacation?”
– Eileen Doughty
If they do, I think it is rarer than for most.
First of all, for few artists is their art just a job. I suppose there are folks like this, especially in the commercial art world, and maybe they need a break from the grind. But for most artists, they get nourishment from their art. Often a break from that kind of sustenance is actually painful.
Secondly, artists tend to view everything they do as potential material or inspiration for their art. So even when they’re not “working”, they’re working. I’ve done some of my best work when I thought I was doing something else entirely, like being on vacation.
Finally, what’s more fun than making art? Vacations are just going to a new place to make help you make some more art.
The integration of doing what you love (making art) and the rest of your life is just another one of the perks that comes with the territory.