12/31/08

have one

Some of you have noticed I've been absent. I got hit with reality about my lack of job skills since art isn't doing it and I cannot do massage ever again; got hit with a vision of a future that seems to be headed towards meaningless, mindless, low paying drudgery that my mind and body don't want to deal with. With the reality that I still have no clue how or where to find my art market or how to get out of state gallery representation. I decided to just take a break to spare us all from ugly posts. I'm laying low. Trying to decide if I could hack being a tunnel dweller in Brooklyn. Nah I'm too claustrophobic. Avoiding driving the taxi in horrible icy weather and having repetitive torturous verbal exchanges with people I will never see again. See? Aren't you glad I'm not blogging?

I did want to yell out HAPPY NEW YEAR to you guys. so ~ happy new year!

15 comments:

JAXTER said...

Ahh, that is where you have been... been missing your posts, yes, seriously, all of your posts. Stay away from the tunnels - too many rats! I'll be looking for more posts... and a Happy New Year to you!

Lisa said...

We love you, even if you don't want to live in tunnels.

I trust you will figure it out - you always do - you are one strong person.

Enjoy your break and happy new year!

My name is none of your beeswax said...

Happy New Year to you to Paula! It's good to take time off from blogging, and necessary. I am speaking from experience.

We will be here when you are ready to start writing again. :)

artjas said...

Remember that this too shall pass.

Karen said...

Time away to put things in perspective is good. Seems that all things have a way of finding the perfect path. sometimes in a surprising and odd way. With this coming new year I offer up wishes of only good good things to find you. I miss your postings, and will be patient awaiting your insights and thoughts.
Happy New Year Paula.

Kim Hambric said...

What a grim, grim, grim time of year. Guess the snow removal folks are bringing in the money. Perhaps they will buy some art with their earnings. Somebody's gotta be making some earnings. Why, oh why, can't humans hibernate?

self taught artist said...

thanks everyone, best to you all!

sarala said...

Happy New Year to you too. I hope it is a better one!
I agree with Kim, we all should hibernate. Or move waaaay South!
I'll be glad when you get back to writing and art.

deb said...

paula, love and blessings and I'm holding you in my heart,

Red Flashlight said...

Once, when I was in art school, I attended a lecture by a visiting artist. A world-famous artist whose work appeared everywhere and who was lauded by pundits in a variety of exotic languages. During the lecture she talked briefly about her day job. Part time. In an office. So she could get benefits.

Alarms went off in my soul! It was so scary! That was many years ago. Another visiting artist (also very successful) told me that to be an artist at all is to have no choice in the matter. The art is life. The job just "is what it is. Try to stay focused on what's important. Ignore people who think making art isn't important." Good advice.

Maybe that meaningless, mindless, low paying drudgery could be a good thing, if taken in moderation. Like castor oil or something. Unpleasant but it keeps you healthy, so that you can make your art.

self taught artist said...

red flash
thanks for sharing that, i hear ya i hear ya...its just i'm not 20 anymore
and i have panic crap and other things that make getting that steady dishwashing job or hotel cleaning job difficult, forget about the body that can't stand up for hours.
not sure i have much fight in me right now. but i hear ya, thanks for commenting.

Kim Hambric said...

Are there any positions open for an art critic? You can work from home. You can tell it like it is. Contact you local newspaper. I wonder what the going rate for a newspaper column is.

Please don't think I'm taking your situation lightly. I've read your posts on other artists. You may have something there.

self taught artist said...

kim, now that is thinking outside of the box. i appreciate you suggesting something so different (of course my brain says i dont write well, i dont know enough about art, i dont like most paintings/traditional art so how could i write something that a paper would publish?) but you have at least got me thinking. thanks!!!!

Karen said...

more thoughts on staying afloat while creating. Apply for grants. every grant that you can find. You never can tell, something may be out there. Also have you looked into artist in residence programs. many of these not only offer opportunity to use vital tools and studio space but give some money out as well. Not to mention the exposure factor. I dont have links right now, but hopefully someone reading this does! I know this is not all that helpful. Here is hoping that big good thoughts will rattle the universe a bit to get things going!!

self taught artist said...

thankyou karen
i'm gonna email you...