What a lovely exercise in commitment to detail and to your craft. It got me thinking about the balance between starting a business and committing to your practice of creating artwork. If your business is about offering your art to the world, the crux of your business should be to simply make art. Is it that easy?
It reminded me of a drawing class I took at ACAD where we were asked to do a miniature drawing but as I did with most things back then, I didn't take it very seriously. I was too busy being uncertain and insecure to try to encourage the talent I actually did have to come out in such an exercise. I remember scrambling to draw a vase of roses the morning it was due. What a terrible student I was. Thank goodness I'm older and wiser and finally give a shit about life and work. Now it's a matter of finding time to enjoy the creative process and pull away from the perilous lure of comparison by social media.
In a sea of likes and favourites and shares and comments, one doesn't often hear of the struggle to maintain balance, the discomfort of reaching so far out of your comfort zone you can't even see it anymore and the daily grind of learning the business side of things when all you want to do it tuck away into the studio for a week with nothing to eat or drink but a tube of watercolour and the water you use to clean your brushes. The photos are perfectly lit, the words are exquisitely edited, websites clean and crisp, a photo parade of all the fun we are all having — there is little sign of real life on the planet of social media.
Not to worry dear readers, allow me to show you signs of life.
Exhibit A: What I want you to believe my studio looks like at all hours of every day, all year long.
Exhibit B: What I want you to believe I look like in my studio morning, noon and night.
Exhibit C: The truth. What my studio looks like most of the time.
Exhibit D: How I actually look when I'm working from home — sans make up, post-yoga hair, still in my sweaty yoga clothes, sitting at my kitchen table because my studio is too messy to feel good about working in but I'm too lazy to clean it up right now.
All I mean to say is the truth behind it all is that each of us is perfectly human and if our path in life is to create, then let that be what we commit to wholeheartedly and to allow for the scales of business and creativity to balance themselves out as we make our way through the journey of creative entrepreneurship. Just as Lorraine Loots decided to commit to her project of tiny paintings and decided she didn't ever have to stop, we too can commit to our own life projects, big or small, and decide when we've had enough.
Now I've inspired myself to tuck away into the studio today.
Until next time,