Here are the answers to some questions I have actually been asked.
1. Is that your real hair? Yes this curly mop is my natural hair except for the dye.
2. Do you always wear black? No, sometimes I wear navy.
3. Do you always have your toenails painted? Yes. I only have my hands done when I have to go somewhere that necessitates scraping off or covering up the paint and stains.
4. Did you really meet your husband in high school? Yes, at the end of his senior year.
5. Do you really have a white dog? Sometimes, but most of the time he is gray.
6. Have you always lived in NJ? No, I moved 7 times before I went to College.
7. What's the first item on your bucket list? Make a bucket list.
8. What would you be if you weren't an Artist? I would be a homicide detective.
9. What are you doing? I'm painting. Oh what room?
10. Do you want fries with that? Yes, but I don't always get them.
I use my studio for painting and do all my marketing, correspondence, bill paying and supply ordering upstairs in our "office". I do find myself doing other things besides painting, some of these tasks are productive, such as taking photos and setting up still life's or packing sales for shipping, but some of them are of the avoidance behavior type. Below is a partial list of how I spend my time.
crumple up drawings and throw them
Sort reference pictures
put head in hands and say out loud ugh I need new pictures...
pile list in corner where other lists go to die
Think too much, get in bad mood, go upstairs and eat a yogurt
Drink cold coffee even though microwave is 15 steps away
Watch art films and documentaries
Add horror movies to my netflix queue
Read art books and magazines
read People Magazine on my ipad
Look at paintings
look at paintings, move them around put head in hands... etc.
Cut up rags
make piles of rag dust and lint
Sleep, probably snoring...
“Real painters understand with a brush in their hand.”
- Berthe Morisot
I saw this quote while browsing the Pastel Journal, and I thought just what is a real painter?
Is it someone who doesn't have a day job?
Is it someone who lives in an unheated attic, eating bread crusts and reusing tea bags for a week?
Is it someone who suffers for art?
Is it someone who calls themselves an artist?
Is it someone who paints in a hyper realistic style, understood by most viewers?
Is it someone who is a classically trained oil painter?
I don't think it matters where you come from, what medium you use, how much money you have, or what you paint.
If you feel the urge to put brush to canvas (pastel to ground, sable to arches paper) you
are a real painter.
"The more you write, the more you'll find your voice." Lori Lesko via twitter
I read this quote on Twitter.
It seems to me that the same is true about painting. The more you paint for yourself,not the gallery, the buyer, your mom, what's popular, or what sells, the more you will find your voice.
Its hard, really hard, but the answer is in the painting. I need to go tom my studio and listen for my voice. I need to listen hard, its there.