July 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm (Uncategorized)

So there’s a confluence of different things going on here…

I brought 26 drawings to the framers on Friday and was so relieved to drop them off and have them be someone else’s problem. I always get so anxious when my work piles up around here – I don’t have flat files (I keep my work in a binder of sorts) and I have this paranoia that one morning I’ll wake up to find that the cat has puked all over the binder, or that I might one day drop a glass of red wine on it, or something to that effect. Obviously, the exact same thing could happen at the framer’s, but somehow the relief of knowing that it wouldn’t be my fault is just all I need to relax about it. It’s not so much the “precious” artwork getting destroyed or months or work just vaporizing in instant; it’s more that I can’t bear the thought that somehow I might be responsible for it. I’m pretty forgiving and laid back when it comes to just about anyone other than myself.

And so, the last couple of days have been all about tinkering – playing around with some new popups, trying out different shelves (ok, why is it that every single one of the shelves I found the least bit desirable at Lowes was somehow screwed up? there were nicks and chips all over the place. at least I got one “for practice” but you know – it always kills me when I go into a store ready to make a significant purchase and have to leave with a lot less than I intended just because the store is so screwed up). But things are looking really good and I’ll have more pictures in a day or two.

My energy level has been really low lately and I’m trying to figure out the best way to deal with it – do I take off a little time now (it’s clearly the result of just working too much) and push off all the stuff I need to get done til later, or do I get all the stuff I need to get done now and take off more time later? I keep going back and forth with the pros and cons of each way of handling it. I’m still not sure the best way to go. Tomorrow is the last day of the residency program I’ve been teaching in (it’s only one day a week, but it is a looooonng day – eight hours of pretty much nonstop critting) so that’ll help once it’s done. But I need a vacation in pill form or possibly some way to cram in two weeks of sleeping and eating into 15 minutes. That would be great.


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