It is interesting to think about the daily discipline that the animals and farm work imposed on me (schedules, physical work and timeliness) which the process of creating art never did. If I wanted to stay up all night working on designs, the only one to suffer was me when I was dragging in the morning (or my husband when I was grouchy from lack of sleep!).
But the animals help me keep to a schedule and get me out working which allows me to come back to the studio with a fresh perspective and ideas. It actually can be a good break.