Yes, the phone and the family are an interruption, but the rest of the world just won’t leave me alone. I know I should be doing all that promotion stuff, but I just want to sit in the studio and paint. Not worry about making a new business card, figuring out an e-mail marketing strategy, or my plan of attack for the coming year.
But, those are important too. So how to make everything fit! Sometimes it feels like I am juggling 4 plates in the air and have just been handed a 5th!
I thought I was doing really well, even ahead of the game. I had been painting and creating other stuff and had even gotten the label making for our Open Studios Tour in June done (over 700 labels) in March . How’s that for on the ball? But, then a show came to my attention and the deadline loomed. I decided that I HAD to have new pieces to enter, so guess what, there I was at the last minute sweating over creating something for the show. And then, of course, the entry process was less than user friendly.
I am sure I am not the only Artist who feels they spend more time on the business than on the Art. It can be really frustrating because, of course, the Art is the really fun stuff. But I have to remember that I get a lot more fun in this job than most others. When I was an Officer on the street, there were times when it was really fun. You know, driving fast, foot chases, confessions. But the other 80-90% of the time could be rather dull. So, I guess, overall, I will keep this job and put up with the interruptions, because they are part of what makes it work.
Just so I find time to Keep Making Art!