January 9, 2016
The Mercury Retrograde is definitely testing me this time around. The most carefully structured plans have crumbled, leaving me in a bit of a void. I try to embrace challenging times as opportunities for growth. At the same time, I question what went wrong and how it might be avoided the next time … if there is a next time.
The current situation might be the result of an unfortunate, yet often experienced, assumption that being a professional artist does not demand careful scheduling of time: the time spent creating art, matting and framing art; time spent putting together exhibits, workshops, demonstrations; travel time and the expense of transporting art. The decision to exhibit is based on three main factors; location, purpose and duration. There must be an opportunity for profit, either financial or emotional, for it to be worth the time taken away from the more important activity of creating art and exploring new ways to express the experience of life.
Fortunately, I spent the last two days with a dear friend who is also a fabulous photographer. We are honest with one another when we discuss our work and how we feel it fits (or doesn’t fit) into the business of art. I was feeling as if I’d fallen off my bike onto a pile of cinders that cut deeply into my skin. Hunting for treasures washed ashore by the waves at Point Pleasant Beach, each walking in different directions with a similar purpose, I felt strong enough to get back on my bike and keep pedaling.
Thank you, Candyce!