As a response to my last post (you are all ARE reading the comments aren’t you?), Diane Mize suggested that I paint more and teach less. A wise suggestion if I do say so. However, I think I could simplify it to–I need to paint more. I only spend a total of about 11 hours teaching right now. If I have four classes it goes up to about 15 or 16.
Part of the problem is this: teaching requires that you be in class during specific hours. Painting has no specific hours. Painting requires that you not stop at the store, Starbucks and the bank before getting to the studio; that you not play tennis if someone calls you the night before and asks you to; that the phone call to your best friend in Miami can wait; that you not walk the dog twice around the park even if she gives you that puppydog look with those sad eyes; that you NOT post on your blog; that you overcome some OCD issues like making the bed (spiders crawl into an un-made bed during the day, talking to the roses (they’ll be gone by sundown if you don’t); picking caterpillars off the vegetable plants (with gloves-leather) and on and on and on. OR get up at 3 in the morning to do all these things.
In other word, being a painter requires discipline. YIKES. That word scares me. How can I change this pattern that is hurting my career? I know. Maybe I will set up a studiocam at my studio and link it to this blog, and you guys can check in on me each day at a certain time. I’ll get in at say 9:00, turn on that camera and wave to you all. You would have to indulge me though, because if no one commented that they had seen me, it won’t work. I will be testing you. Maybe I’ll wear an old prom dress and see if anyone notices. I can slash a painting and you tell me which one it is. OR you can tell me WHAT I GOT DONE FOR THE DAY. I can hear the comments now: “Nice job Lisa, you got a long way on that stem today…love the prom dress”.
What do you think?