Tonight the first kickoff meeting for the tour. I’ll be meeting the other 8 artists who will be participating this year. I’m excited to get started but also a little nervous. I made the commitment to myself that I would get back into the art world after having spent years raising my kids and working as a professional graphic designer.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have a job that allows me some creativity. People always tell me I’m so lucky to draw pictures all day. The fact is, that as a graphic designer, I am a gun for hire. The client is always in the foreground and I have a duty to their needs and a duty to provide a solution to their problem. The irony is that I spend most of the time making things blue or green or shiny.
Getting back to painting rejuvenates me. Gets that spark back. The reason I exist. I answer to no-one and pursue it as an exercise in personal fulfillment. I hope that these sparks come through in my art. At the end of the day I have to feel good about something.