awesome april (day 15) – to do


Some days are more glamorous than others.  There are those days where I announce a big event, get into a show, sell some work,  or get to go somewhere exciting.  Those are glamorous.  Today, not so much.  I did get my taxes finished last night (a whole day early), and then spent most of today doing catch up work on emails, filling out online forms, following up with clients, and making a couple of to-do lists.  Which led to another to-do list or two.

I think I checked off 3 of the 13 tasks.  But they were the three most important things.

Kirk Douglas as the tortured Vincent Van Gogh, in “Lust for Life” (1956)

One thing I’ve learned about being an artist, is that it takes some planning and patience.  And some discipline.   It’s definitely not as glamorous as the movies would have you think.  Yes, I’m occasionally inspired.  Yes, I’m even sometimes tortured (all mental self-infliction).  But mostly I have to be self-motivated and wise with how I spend my time.  I don’t have the luxury of going crazy (although some say I’ve already arrived at that destination).   And I’m not only responsible for myself – I’m also trying to be a decent wife, mom and person in addition to an artist.  But that doesn’t make for very interesting movies, does it?

Just for fun, I searched for “tortured artist” and found the wikipedia entry, which has a whole list of examples of tortured artists – including writers, musicians, actors, directors and visual artists –   very few of which are women.   We ladies have too much to do to stand around being “tortured”.   Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Blog post.  Check.  #4 of 13 done.