Choices:This from Lisa Call: "I've been thinking about your choices post off and on for a few days. As someone still at the emerging stage of the art career your thoughts from the other side give me pause to think. I'm not sure what I'm thinking but I appreciate you sharing your thoughts."
Thanks, Lisa... and all the others who make the effort to balance this form of communication.
Compared to "How To Be An Artist" books and articles, there are precious few resources on what happens at the other end of the stick. How do we wind this career thing down? Not that we admit to wanting to (depends on the day of the week) but the reality is that there is a lot of accumulation to be dealt with, both physical and mental, and shutting the door on it... making more of it, even, is wildly irresponsible without some sign of control. We're taught to clean up our mess when we've finished a project... doesn't that include the lifetime career project? (Ummm...define 'finished.') How are we even supposed to know when it's time? And, would that be a positive or negative attitude?
I have long lived genes from way back, good health and no reason to not continue to produce for quite some time yet... no, I ain't 'finished' but I do have a need to tidy up. Blogging an art career from my perspective (we all know how skewed perspective can be) seems to help sort it out, and might give (or invite) a few clues to/from others.
Now, if I was an artist of note (you know the kind I mean) I'd have aides and assistants (not the kind from certified health care centers!) to handle the grunge work and I'd more or less direct what I wanted them to do... they'd be revving up demand for my work, documenting, writing articles and books about me and handling the myriad details... not to mention stretching, gessoing and framing! There would even be one designated note taker to remember which technique worked best for each of the various applications... in fact, if I could only have one helper, that would be the guy!
The grass painting above reminds me that there are still a number of people around the country who think of me as 'the painter of grass.' (And that was way before 'the painter of light'.) That series, and variations with other elongated leaf subjects, carried me for a good ten years... very good years, better than the quality of this image shows... still haven't had all those slides scanned... still waiting for the assistants to show up and get some of this documenting stuff done!