Portrait of the Artist as a Young(ish) Woman

If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you’ll know that I have a day job in addition to my art business, and the you know, small task of raising two human beings. These three jobs keep me pretty busy, require me to stay up late most nights, lead to coffee drinking, and often make me a bit cranky.

Ask anybody.

I’ve got a bunch of paintings to do for Christmas delivery, but I’ve also had a few floating around my brain that I just needed to paint. You know, get those out of the way, so I can work on the others. It’s like I’ve got this creative momentum and it gets log-jammed by paintings, ideas, projects, etc. that have no regard for deadlines.

Maybe this doesn’t make any sense.

Anyway, I got to this point last week when I just needed to take a few days, clean up my house, my studio, and do some projects that might not feed the bottom line, but definetely feed my soul.

Before starting up my portrait work again, I was warned on many occasions that when you make your art your job it becomes well, a job.

Luckily, given enough time, clients and caffeine – I can’t imagine that happening.

With apologies to Frida Kahlo...

Completed: November 13, 2010

Soundtrack: The Dresden Dolls

Beverage: Lots and lots of coffee

4 Responses to “Portrait of the Artist as a Young(ish) Woman”

  1. leslie (crookedstamper) Says:

    Oh, I hear you about (1) the Day Job and (2) getting things out of your head and down onto paper to free up the log jam! Most of my work is for ME, though, because *I* want to do it. Once that becomes a “have to” do it, it stops becoming fun. Thus, the Day Job. 😉

    LOVE the self-portrait, by the way!

  2. Jan Wehrlie Says:

    I love this painting! Who is the artist that the painting is “after”, now? I think you should hang it in the middle of the two kids in their dia de los muertos paintings (sp…took German instead of Spanish). Also, Alton needs to be captured in a painting to fit into this collection, perhaps as a mariachi guitar play with a black hat with fringe and maybe a moustache???? hahahha!…..just a thought….just a thought….

  3. Amy Says:

    Ron is exquisite.

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