Posted by resonanteye on 11/18/2011
I tend to paint in an enclosed room.
Yes, I know. I know this is bad, and you’re supposed to air out the turp, and the chemicals, and the smell. You’re also not supposed to:
- taste your paint to see if it’s the right color
- lick your brush tip to straighten it out or check dampness
- rub the paint onto the canvas with your fingers
- especially if you are eating a sandwich while painting
- actually you’re not supposed to eat while you work, are you?
- oh shit, that wasn’t the turp it was my coffee
- whatever, I don’t want to get up and get more
- what is that buzzing noise, anyway
I can say that I have probably done more damage to my brain cells by enjoying my work too much to get up and walk into another room for anything else, including food, than I have ever damaged with liquor or stupid stunts.
And I used to drink until I couldn’t remember which direction to walk to get home, and give people mean headbutts as a show of affection. So…
Air out your studio. Get up and leave the room to eat and have coffee. Don’t eat paint.
If you are anything like me you’ve been told this before and simply ignored it.
I’m not going to presume to give you any horror stories about this kind of weirdness. but that’s only because the worst thing that’s ever happened to me from behaving this way is oily-tasting coffee.
That and the occasional headache.
(this painting is available here, if you like it. go give it some love- eating all that ochre gave me a migraine. Oy, the things I do for you people.)
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Posted by resonanteye on 11/02/2011
I’ve been selling my art in person and individually online for a very, very long time.
I make a living with art, mostly tattoo art but also paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and assemblage.
I have been doing this as a job for about fifteen years now. I’ve tried loads of ways to get my art visible to people and I always feel like there must be more I could be doing. Right now I’m torn. I am migrating my flat, 2d art from etsy to zibbet, but am keeping my 3d work on etsy. I’ve been working at the shop two or three days a week, and have been harder to reach and schedule tattoo time with. I’ve been making things almost every day, though. I feel like I have been doing far more work at home on other art than usual.
It’s one of those growing times. I get achy bones from it. I go through these phases where I plateau, I rest, I slack the hell off for a while, and then out of nowhere I go on a bender of drawing…or I promote the hell out of stuff for a few weeks…or I start making weird photos of rust…or something. Some kind of strange drive comes out and I am insanely productive.
I used to think this was a thing that my mental illness caused but after talking to a few other non-insane artists I am beginning to see a pattern to it. I take in ideas, inspiration, and eye candy. I feed my mind. Then I ferment everything. I get quiet, withdrawn, lazy. Then after a time during which I think over all the new ideas, I am ready to work. And I make the things that are born of my brain-food.
So it’s a cycle, and a creative cycle instead of a depressive one. I have a lot of fun during any of those phases- so I’m not necessarily depressed when not making things, or just fine when I AM doing stuff.
At any rate it is something I have discovered I am not alone in feeling.
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