When I feel like I’m going nowhere in life. When I hit the wall of the broken world. When nothing is going MY way. I turn to humor. In 1992 Al Franken created the Stuart Smalley character on SNL. Stuart was a suffering recovering 12 stepper in Overeaters Anonymous and Al anon. He was working hard to get self esteem and be a better person. I love how he would affirm the best but still regress. When he slid back into negativity he stopped and said. BUT THATS OKAY BECAUSE “I’M GOOD ENOUGH, I’M SMART ENOUGH, AND DOGGONE IT PEOPLE LIKE ME!”
So let’s end the week with Stuart. Enjoy and laugh. It’s silly but profound. Also the best skits on SNL were Stuart trying to help others.
I had to take time to be an artist.
PLEIN AIR PAINTING AT WAVE HILL
I kill a lot of paintings because I don’t know when to STOP.
A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is exploring this artistic dilemma. It is called “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible ” . I t will run till September 4th.
Exhibition at Met
I’m inspired now to show my unfinished art without shame but to celebrate their presence. I am taking them out of hiding.
Will I ever finish them? Maybe. Maybe not. But they are just as important as finished art.
WHAT UNFINISHED ART ARE YOU HIDING?
EVERYONE POST YOUR UNFINISHED ART AND WE WILL ALL CELEBRATE!!
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A lot has been revealed in the past weeks. I faced a lot about myself and how my purpose was morphing again. I’m not making things happen. There was the ADHD gear box. I was in neutral. Thinking of so many great things but not being able to engage and complete the ideas. The result was what I created an artist block. I stopped my art and got lost in the distractions to avoid my vision.
AVOIDANCE!!! A corrupting thread in my life based on fear.
I’m facing the fact that creating an art business is work. I can’t wait for the perfect action to take and have the expectation that it will be the answer. I need to keep being a doer. Every day.
One thing I started to do was paint again. An artist has to keep honing their skills. Also I am embarking on going back and renewing my drawing skills. I’m playing with creating a character of myself in drawing. Art has to come first and then I will be able to create my art business.