We got the DVDs for season seven of Big Bang Theory (no spoilers please, I won't be seeing season 8 until its out on DVD as well) and I've finished watching them. I jealous. Of Penny. Not for the body or the hair, or even weirdly of Leonard, whom I find just... Yummy. But because of her decision to quit her job and devote her life to her art. That takes guts.
Not sure that I have those guts. Well, I DO, I just have an even bigger streak of responsibility. Maybe that makes me a bad artist. Maybe I'm just not ready to commit yet or something. I'd love to, don't get me wrong. Its just that things are tight enough without taking away an income.
Although quiting my job ala Penny is a particularly pleasant fantasy of mine. Especially after days like today. A body can only handle so much frustrated clenching.
I guess that kind of begs the question... Am i a bad artist because I won't quit a job I hate, (am good at, do well, and am apparently suited for, admittedly. Will never quit, certainly). (With the exception of winning the lottery, they would never see me again), in favor of keeping a roof over our heads and clothes on our backs? Does it make me a bad mother and wife because I even consider it? Or am I just bobing along like everyone else, waiting for some lightning strike?
But I can commit to spend more time in the studio. I'll try to carve out an hour or so a day. Even if I don't get anything accomplished, its getting me into the routine. Im going to also try to actually DO the Artist Way homework. I lasted a week last time with the morning pages, but I never did any of the other exercises. I can try to do that. I'm also thinking of going one of my older stuff and gessoing over it to start over. Some of my first works aren't really representative of what my style is evolving to. I still have a couple blank canvases squirreled away, so I'm not at that point yet. Just something that's been festering in the back of my mind.
I'm not willing to make Mark very the financial burden. I'm just not. Its not fair to him, and were in this family together. So until the lottery comes through for me or my paintings finally take off, I'm stuck here. It really not that bad a place to be as long as he's here with me.