Tuesday, October 03, 2006
oil on panel
Know what you can do
I don't know about yours, but my life is full of stress most of the time. I am ADD and Manic, so you can imagine what it is like to be around me very much. I am completely driven and I work about 16 hours a day 50 weeks a year.
Unfortunately, that takes a toll on my friendships with other artists. If I haven't made somebody mad before the week is over, it is a big surprise. It's never intentional. I just don't work well with people and I'm terrible at groups. I am a loner and an individualist.
I think many artists are quirky and difficult because we see and feel more than others. We wear our emotions like a shirt for all to see. We are putting our work out for the public to embrace or reject every day. We are our work, so the rejection is personal.
We must learn to do what we do well, and to say no to possibilities that we are not well suited for. We need to "clean house" in our lives and get rid of the annoying projects, groups, memberships that simply don't work, and more importantly, not start projects that we cannot handle emotionally in the first place.
Unfortunately, this process takes a bit of self analysis, which many of us are not good at and don't want to take the time to do.
Sweeping out the difficult and annoying things that take us away from our work will give us much needed peace of mind and more time for our work.