Saturday, August 15, 2009

Slow Saturday

I'm running behind and I just got up. It wasn't like I was up late last evening---I think after this past week my body just demanded more rest so here I am, 8:11 a.m. and trying to drink coffee, think, and post to the blog. I am not sure this is a good combination........
While feeling like yesterday was a total blow-off in the studio, it really wasn't. I got the first few coats of varnish on the Madonna piece and then spent much too much time on line looking for tidbits for the church banners. In fact, I had done it long enough that I got a headache from eye strain. So I gave it a rest for a while and tried to get a working sketch done, and then figure numbers for yardage, layout, etc. That's a pain in a much lower, nether region of the body. The headache was beginning to feel not so bad.
As I have bemoaned here before, it is becoming harder and harder to find moderately priced fabrics and trims that allows myself and the church I'm working for to be in a win-win situation. There was one piece of background fabric I thought would work for the Easter banners (remember---I'm stealing their fabric for the Christmas banners to speed things up.....I think!) and I will have to visit the page again today and see how it looks with clear eyes.
Plus I've been waking with low grade headaches each morning and it must be that the time of year has finally arrived for my heavy-duty allergies to set in. These are the ones that leave me sounding like Darth Vader on a GOOD stock in the tissue companies now. This will last till about the beginning of October! HA!
I am always surprised when this hits---but it is the thing I have about ignoring the passing of time. I am so content to hole up in the studio or run out to take photos that I lose track of dates. What day, what month......what do you MEAN I'll be 50 in December????? Time passes and I am clueless. I don't know if it's a good or bad thing. I still shop in the junior department. (if I had kids, it would be a BAD thing.....I would mortify them!) I still listen to old school Punk and timeless Jazz. Love the Ramones and the Misfits; Dizzy and Louis Armstrong. Now there is a combination!!!
I have a theory that artists age differently, or at least LOOK at age differently. We cleave to what inspires us, enjoy what we enjoy whether it is the present mode du jour or not and occasionally have to surface for air to find out what year it is. I don't think it's a bad thing. I think it makes us what we are and adds to the deepness of our work. I think it is something to be treasured. And I think it keeps us young at heart, if not physically young. Artists don't care about the age of other artists, we really don't care about whether they dress in designer clothes (basically, we could care less if they're dressed at all--that's up to them and the law!), we don't care about their income bracket---as long as we know our friends have enough. And when they don't we gently step in and try to help.
I really LIKE being an artist! I like the people I meet, the churches that are brightened by my liturgical work, the Pastors wearing a stole I made (that one makes my heart swell, as that stole represents the yoke of Christ upon their shoulders----I can't describe this any better, but it trumps the banners!), the little works I give away, the wonderful people I meet.
This is a good life, and so what if I am a bit late and a little slow from the leg today. I get to meet with my friends here in the Bloggosphere, and all is good!
Have a wonderful day---enjoy every second of it......and go make art!



Jan said...

Sounds as though you are feeling very peaceful today, if not tip top physically. Always a pleasure to read your blog in the mornings. I know I am lucky to be here and have the time to do the reading with my first cuppa. Thanks, Anne.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I'm doing pretty good---I think the extra sleep helped, plus I really don't have a heavy workload today. (YAY!)
So it's off to finish up some odds and ends around here before getting the big honking cutting table in place! I need to buy another, but, you ;)

Marilyn said...

Having seen your comments on several of the blogs I read regularly I thought I would stop by & say Hi!!
I just love your blog & the way you write!!
I hope we can become fast friends... Come on over for a visit!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Marilyn,

Thanks for stopping by! Just checked your blog; the willow tree story got me.
Glad you like my's pretty much stream of consciousness--or unconsciousness depending upon the amount of coffee I've consumed!
Hope to see your name here again---enjoy!

Anne....wild'er-do-well....turning 50 this year... ;) LOL!!!

gypsylulu said...

haha...wild woman Anne!..
What a great post today...I am just getting to commenting...
went shopping today...found some canvas Dollarama..of all places! I'll play with these for a bit...I may be ordering some paints from Dick Blick..
as you said..their canvas panels are a great price! Will get more from them too. I have a question or, will email you, anne!
I hope your day has ended up beautifully!...they just go too fast for me! will LOVE 50! hehe!
I remember it well!...would love to be there again...

teri said...

I like your words - i understand where you are coming from.
I didn't get to be very creative today .... but there is always tomorrow!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...


It is fine to start CHEAP! That way you get your feel of what you want to do, then you can move to better products. Dick Blick is soooo good---my fav!
The day flew---I don't even know what I did other than lay on the couch in the evening and whine about my leg hurting. It must be a weather front coming in.
And yes, I have no qualms with 50! Glad to still be here!!! :)

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Teri,

Yeah, yesterday was a*no-art* day, just thinking and figuring and running to Kokomo. (AAAAHHHHH!!!!!) That was a madhouse.
I'd rather be here, working. Was looking for a couple of ironing boards cheaper than $15 for extra support under the stuff I put the banners out on. Couldn't find any, so if I happen to Goodwill, I'll check there. Otherwise, this week starts the banners.......pre-work jitters. :)
I guess with the physical part of what I do, I really need some down time.......

yoborobo said...

Hi Anne! Sorry to have miss being here yesterday. I know how you feel, I went to bed early (well, early for me, before midnight) and slept for NINE hours. I'm still tired! LOL! Maybe it's the time of year. And turning 50 is not so bad...I did it! :) I agree with everything you said about being an artist, and having artist pals, and losing track of time...and all if it keeping us young. I am THE most immature person I know. :)
Have a great day!

Leslie said...

As always, food for thought and food for the soul. Thanks for being in my world and writing about yours. Love you!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

fab fab fab post!

... I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of artists' outlooks on other artists!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

How did I miss these last three comments????? (okay---I'm losing it....)
Sorry--usually I am sort of up to speed on things.
I do think we're lucky to be the KIND of artists we are; I know others who aren't---much more cut throat. We sort of exist in a good in the Wizard of Oz when Glenda the Good pops in.... ;)
And that's okay. I've had the other and I much prefer THIS!



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