I’m Never Where I Want to Be, Part 1
January 20, 2012
I had written a whole blog under this title when iPad crashed out and lost it…naughty iPad! The title is actually a line from a Peter Gabriel song and it hit me like a ton of bricks…again. This time it spoke to the constant striving I’ve been doing to get ‘there’, wherever ‘there’ is. I asked myself: how do you know you’re ‘there’? What if you’re ‘there’ and just don’t know it? These seem like simple questions until you really start thinking about them.
Some years ago I wished I were gainfully employed in the arts. I wanted to be teaching artists, teaching my own art related classes, mentoring artists and making my own work. I wanted my work in a gallery or two as well.
So I created programs to teach, made samples and pix of the samples, put together class descriptions, materials lists and pictures for proposals and sent them in to places I targeted. I took on coordinating a 50 hour professional development program designed for artists for a college and the job of running a small art center part-time when that became available as well. One day I realized that when I wasn’t In a classroom teaching or working on scheduling/growing the art center, I was putting together submissions for classes next quarter, next year, the next 4 shows, and so on. I was working 24/7 or darn near to it as one could get. I was blogging, keeping my website updated, juggling my scheduling, traveling, teaching and art center concerns. This has gone on for a few years now and it was time to take stock. What had I been doing? Were we there yet?
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