"As a rule of thumb, artists should repeat this mantra: Sudden problems in my life usually indicate a need to work on my art."I'm not a person who likes to be teased and joked about with sideways glances, however good-spirited. Being a straight, honest, level person, I like a good joke like anyone, but not if it's a back handed compliment with a smirk on the side, however playfully done. The Mr. loves doing this and not just to me. He's done it to his mother, brothers, etc. and he thinks he's funny. They laugh. I get confused. I want an apology. He says it's a joke, I don't think he's funny. Now he's mad and I'm center stage! Ugh!
"Artists become snappish when they need to make art. Instead of making art, we make trouble-and we make it because we are bingeing emotionally on NOT making art...We need to go full steam ahead and when we don't we tend to blow off steam by venting inappropriateluy about any number of imaginary ills...our aches and pains becoming the world's pain in the neck."I don't think I'm snappish and I'm no trouble maker, but I don't want to be messed with either. I'm just reacting to a stimulus that my personality doesn't agree with. By reading this chapter I figured that maybe I just have to keep making art so I can more easily deflect the dopey stuff that comes at me. Process, baby!
Will this be my painting spot for today?