I’m doing it, guys. Now that I’m feeling a bit better, I am getting out of the house and making good on my “get off my ass” New Years Resolution. I went to the Museum of Arts & Design to see large and small scale paper art at the Slash show yesterday (though I thoroughly enjoyed the Ghost Stories exhibit as well) and if you’re going to be in NY through April, I highly recommend it. It certainly made me want to pick up my xacto blade again and start working on some ideas that started percolating while I was at the show. Some of the miniscule, detailed cuts of those large scale paper pieces were beautiful, but mind boggling in execution, however, I know I have the patience for this kind of stuff. I once created a 20″x24″ pointillist still life drawing in high school using fine tip pens. For hours and days and weeks and probably months, I sat in my room after school everyday and obsessively made tiny dots after dots after dots. Once I realized how insane this project was, I knew I had to finish or else I’d feel like quitter (true), but when I was done months later I felt like I had earned some kind of superhero status on repetitive tasks and gained the patience of saint (not true, as evidenced years later when the kids appeared).
In any case, after a meeting this morning, all signs so far might be pointing towards making some art again.
But here, folks, lie the ever-ending vicious circle. Art making requires free time -> Paying bills requires working -> Working takes away from free time -> No free time means no art making. Uh huh.
The hustle for work and a subsequent meeting next week plus some interesting (and not really in a good way) news indirectly related, but crucial to the business has given me an anxiety migraine tonight.
As I joked to a friend today, I need to find a patron. Yeah, that’s it. Let’s bring that practice back.