In my career as a painter, I often find that people are in awe of what I do. I have been asked if it is “just the greatest thing in the world to be able to paint?” I reply that indeed it is, that after painting all day every day, I often go and frolic barefooted amongst the bluebells and daisies in the woods while my silken dress billows in the wind and my flaxen hair falls around my shoulders while my etherealness lightens me and lifts me above the earth to…feel free to finish the sentence, and then to place yourself squarely at the mercy of your toilet.
Painting can be wonderful but it can also be hugely stressful. You only feel as good as your last painting and it can wax and wane. Painting is very hard to earn a living at. You must please people in some way, to do so. As a painter you usually suck at business and at selling yourself unless you are Thomas Kinkaide. In fact, painting is expensive and it takes a LONG time to learn while it costs you money. Painting is competitive. There are huge egos in the art world. To get noticed in the art world you have to submit to competitions (costs money) and IF you get accepted you must pay to ship the painting and hope it doesn’t get damaged. If you don’t get accepted your feelings are hurt.
And no, I do not get to paint every day. That is often asked of me. I have to take care of all manner of things related to painting: I shop for supplies; I stretch and tone canvases; I make business cards, announcements, flyers, ads. I teach classes and spend a lot of time arguing with my boss over what I should be getting paid; I clean my studio; I scout locations to paint at; I spend time on my computer searching through my files for reference pictures and printing them; I have to figure out how to ship a painting; I have to drive an hour to the gallery I’m in to deliver paintings; I have to keep Bill in line on the blog. And then I have all my personal daily responsibilities as well.
If anyone out there, says they paint everyday, they’re lying, or they have a wife who does the grunt work. I don’t know any women who say they paint everyday, but I have heard men say that.
That settles it. I want a wife.