Quote and track for the work Day…
We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, or the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time or conditions of our death. But within all this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we shall live: courageously or in cowardice, honorably or dishonorably, with purpose or adrift. We decide what is important and what is trivial in life. We decide that what makes us significant is either what we do or what we refuse to do. But no matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and decisions, these choices and decisions are ours to make. We decide. We choose. And as we decide and choose, so are our lives formed. In the end, forming our own destiny is what ambition is about.
Well yesterday I made it to the top of the mountain of housework. I did not spend anytime in the studio all day, trying to get my home in a reasonable order and well…it just about killed me. I hate housework with a purple passion, although I hate even more living in a mess, so I do it.
Today will be spent finishing the two large works that needed to dry before going to the show…Big Red Tree and Mist Fairy. They are both finally dry, so even though it’ll be work that isn’t really creative, I have a good excuse to spend time in my favorite place…the studio.
I do have an idea for a new painting that has nothing to do with the upcoming show and I hope to squeeze out enough spare time before the boys come home from school to at least start on it…it’s been sitting in my brain pan for a week and needs to get out soon or I might explode…really.
The boys are looking forward to spring break…I am too I guess, with the show now behind me, I think it’ll be fun to have them around and asking for my time. I am planning some outings for hikes with them, and maybe a trip downtown to look at the art museum…that’ll bore the paints off of Oldest in the house and thrill the Youngest…can’t please them all. We will just have to see…they would be happy to just play with their friends all day and have the dreaded sleep overs…BAH!
Today is also a marketing day…I am supposed to have the willpower to not create art and concentrate on the business side of art making…trying to make connections for shows, sales and advertising…I am not sure if I wanna do that at all today, but my inner task master will probably take over at some point and talk all stern to my inner artist that just wants to have fun…and make her act all work ethic like…aaaiiieee. It’s important to keep an eye on the goal though, and if I actually want to keep doing this career full time and eat…and buy supplies to continue, I really do need a sale soon…like yesterday. I have a list of galleries to contact and some other options too, I just need to get busy on getting a hold of people and making introductions…and prepare for the rejection that comes from this exercise. It happens, I am not afraid of it…for every no, there is a yes somewhere waiting to be found, it’s just one of those less than joy filled chores. I do really hope that the show in April brings some sales, or that I make some sales on my own soon…it’s starting to be the longest stretch without sales that I have had and it’s making my nerves raw and jagged.
So, I better get busy on my day here…it’ll be a slower relaxed pace and I look forward to that. I may even have some time to visit and read some of my favorite blogs and check in with people today.
Have a good one all,