I am the same as any other working parent. Every day I have to make choices regarding nurturing my kids, spending time with my partner, cleaning the house, running the errands or making my work. The difference is, that as an artist who currently works out of my home (and incidentally, I am also meaningfully employed at a work place on the weekends) I feel guilty choosing research and maintenance of my art practice over the needs of my family. This is partially due to the fact that the time invested is not obviously maintained by a regular paycheque like "regular jobs". But art is my contribution to the world outside of my love that I share with my family and clients. I need to develop this practice and therefore need to shake this mentality once and for all. I have decided to blog every time I need to purge the guilt to give myself permission to dig into my gift I have to offer to this world. I figure it can also help others to do the same. Contribute your gift friends!
It is that time again when I am looking for donations of your stained, holey and worn out clothing to be used as material for a project that I will be working on. I can come to you to pick it up and would be forever grateful. Please get in touch with me if you have items to contribute. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elephant Artist Relief (EAR) is an incredible, although not well known, tiny organization that does great things. I have volunteered on the Board as it's secretary for 2 years now, and have witnessed this wonderful community of people support many local artists who found themselves in need, be it for financial support, information about completing their taxes or to showcase their art in the public forum. It is with a heavy heart that I say adieu to this role but not to it's people, as I plan on continuing to volunteer and support it's future endeavours. Thank you EAR for all that you do!