The Working Artist
The working artist, now what does that mean exactly? It is amazing how much of our journey as an artist is in our heads. Or in our heart and not in our heads. It has taken me most of my life time so far to realize and own being an artist and what that means to me. So many of the stories I told myself, kept me from the truth of the creator I really am. However when I look back, there was always creativity going on at some level. So this journey continues. And finally realizing that I truly am a working artist, is a wonderful thing.
So apart from teaching others how to unfold their own creativity for 16 hours a week, I now spend as much of the rest of my time as I can, engaged with my creative process.
There are of course many different roles one engages in during the course of creating art works and finally exhibiting them.
- Updating Inventory and keeping the studio stocked with – ie paints, canvas, stretcher bars, screws, staples, string, paint brushes etc.
- Artist Dates
- Planning – Choosing what to paint – long and short term, building a bigger picture
- Research – Finding galleries, looking for subject matter, mining personal histories..
And of course that doesn’t take into account any of the regular other stuff one has to do, like shopping, picking kids up from school, cooking, cleaning…… yada, yada, yada…..
To continue unfolding my working artist, here are 2 more paintings in the cave series.
Tp paint this image I again turned the previous painting upside down and proceeded to paint it . Interestingly it can really be viewed either way. And this way it becomes an entirely different proposition
I then pushed the image even further, into the following work…….
Next Post: But wait – there’s more! Look out for the next installment in the Cathedral Cove series