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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Quickie Post

I have newfound respect for you who do art after a day at a 'real' job. I've never been more tired at the end of the day, even after a nap. Where is the time for the journal, the painting, the self-focused indulgence and daydreaming? I eked this out this afternoon through a haze of exhaustion. Yes, every little bit of paint and glue helps me feel grounded. If you have managed to go to a job and do any art at all you are my heros and bless your fortitude. I think the government should fund artists like they did in the 30's. Imagine the blossoming of beauty and mental health. Ahhh .......

24 comments:

laura said...

Amazing. I need to learn to work with plaster, I really like how it looks. The assemblage from a few posts back looks waaaayyyy fun. Gotta get the skinny on that too.

Anne, Bulles dorées said...

magnifique !!!!!!!!!!! j'adore !!

Shari said...

You may have "eked" this out, Judy, but I LOVE it! The image of the bird and the woman together are so powerful. And I love the moody palette you've chosen, plus the text... It's perfection! Hugs, Shari

misty said...

Dear Judy, this is beautiful!!!

government funding for artist...how great would that be, I vote yes!!!

you are so inspiring!!!

xoxoxo

Sharon said...

Eked!
Gotta be my all time favorite. Everything about it is just wonderful.

Alyice Edrich said...

If only I could be as exhausted and still produce something so talented. :)

And yes, a day job would be exhuasting but so is working from home in another business. It's the time factor, we all have the same amount of time but art isn't always our first priority, dang it. LOL

Toni said...

Judy, I work from 6-4 at a construction company ... there are many aspects of my job I like, many I hate, many that put my brain to sleep, but it's stimulation of a different kind. Also, I'm fortunate in that I have lots of quiet thought time, which I spend mentally on art, ideas, etc. The exhaustion I feel from the Full Time Job disappears the second I hit my front door, the art revives those parts of me that have been toasting marshmallows in the idea fire all day ... and I've learned to accept the cycles -- when tired is tired, be tired, take a nap or go to bed early -- the studio WILL be there when I'm refreshed. I like the interactive stimulation of my job, too, talking to other adults, joking, etc. I need that aspect because at home I tend to be pretty solitary. ...blah blah, how I do run on! I love your piece, sorry to blather on so!

Kelly Kilmer said...

Love the piece...

I totally agree with you...The government should fund the arts and do lots of other things (that they don't do) as well...

Carmen said...

This is beautiful!!! Your work is very inspiring. I can relate to exhaustion, as a mom to a 5 year old and a 6 year old, holding a full time job, going to school and trying to squeeze in art. It's seeing art like yours that keep me going!!!

Have a great weekend! I hope you get some rest.

xo,

Carmen

Melanie said...

Thank you, Judy - been following your blog for a while. I know several bloggers have made 'unconnected' days that they don't turn on their computer. But for me - I have a full-time job, a 4 year old and a 2 year old (both boys and another boy on the way!), new puppy and a hubby - so that there are days when the only artistic stimulation I have is looking at blogs such as yours. Just nice to know that a true artist such as yourself does see that time is a factor!
Also, this is the most gorgeous work I have seen of yours. Honestly. The bird and the woman super-imposed is just very very ... I can't think of the word ... powerful. Wow.

Mo'a said...

I am with you and said much the same thing in my current post...although not as eloquently as you just did.
Your art is a great inspiration to me and I love this piece.

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

AMEN Judy... A-M-E-N...

I did not realize how exhausted I really was until I started the new year working on just my own art and not living a double life of artist by night... product designer by day.

XO!

Kate said...

Judy,

Having an affinity for crows I just love this piece that you just did. Just gorgeous...

Kate

tgarrett said...

Judy-
Glad you appreciate the work folks do- I taught art in the public schools for 28 years- I saw 185 students a day! I still made art and had no less than one art show a year- without a supportive partner and summer I wouldn't have survived. Sadly many art programs in the schools are being cut- this country is in trouble! Thanks so much for your sharing your art and thoughts! Terry

Abby Creek Art said...

I agree...a little funding would be nice! Really like your piece, Judy and the quote on it.

Deirdra Doan said...

You are right, I don't know how people who work have the energy for art! I went back to work today for the first time to sub teach this year in the High Schools. I did it just to Pay for more Art and Soul classes....It will take 9 days of work to pay for 6 classes! Next year my ART is going to pay for these cool classes Yea.....
Great that you were helping the kids with their art in High School. Fun stuff.

Maralena (AKA: mcdc3s) said...

I tell you, I agree. I do admire those who hold down a job and produce art on a regular basis. I want to know what kind of vitamins they take!

Maralena (AKA: mcdc3s) said...

And I love the blend of raven and lady!

femminismo said...

OK, thanks! After seven hours of copy editing words on the screen, churning out five or six obits and then proofing paper copies of it all - and then coming home to push paint around - I'll take your admiration. I know I've felt overwhelmed at times because I can't do all the art I want because there's the "other work" for money and health insurance. You're right, Judy. Government should support artists. I can't even begin to imagine what wonders we'd have. There wouldn't be time for war, that's 4 sure. Sorry 2B so long. Your raven/woman is magnificent!

minnie said...

oh, thank you judy.....that felt so good coming from you....i have two jobs, day office job, nite jewelry business, and still trying to do creative art work whenever i can, i long to do it 24/7, and when i retire i will have that oppurtunity...you are extremely prolific artist, and wonderfully inspiring

Ro Bruhn said...

Love it Judy.
I so agree I work a forty hour week in an office, fifty hours including traveling time, I hardly ever watch TV, my 'spare' time is so precious.
Ro
xo

Adrienne said...

Ooh if the government did that, I would quit my job yesterday. I love the colors in this picture.

Karen Cole said...

Right on, Sister.

Tara Ross Studios said...

I also work full time. But, I always have the NEED to make art. I don't know where I'd be without my passion.