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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuscan Sunflowers

Tuscan Sunflowers
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas, 24x48
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It has been a hectic day. I took a second show's worth of paintings to Chris Rose at the Lighthouse Gallery today. I took my first show down, the one with my newest paintings, packed it into the car, and left Chris to puzzle and ponder and hang my older paintings.

In the garage here, I found all my show stuff, my S-hooks and my tablecloths, my exhibition grids and my guestbook and my receipt book and my price tags, my cards and postcards and all the little stuff I need for the Paradise City show in Marlborough, Mass.

The van is filled to the brim, I have a stupid amount of work left to do, and I need to pack my clothes and frame two more paintings, but sometime Thursday morning, I will leave for the show with my heart thumping.

I do all this, and I paint, and I work, and I worry about my job, and the house and Peter and the dogs, and I stress and fret that someone at the show will find out that I really don't know how to paint, but am only doing this because it is so very much fun - and then I think about Japan, and the earthquake and tsunami, and nuclear meltdown and the end of the world, and I am stopped short.

It would be all to easy just to say, Enough, and to stay inside and live a life of fear and worry and despair, but I can't do that. I won't do that. I will not give in. I will keep painting, and working too hard, and not sleeping enough. I will keep hugging my husband and petting my dogs, and yelling at my cats, and hoping that today, the sun will shine on my family and my friends, and there will be joy in our world.

4 comments:

InterruptedArtist said...

I think the best part of your post is "I'll just keep painting..." I'm inspired by your committment. Best of luck are your next show!

Carrie Jacobson said...

Thank you for the note, Interrupted! And you know, that's my favorite part, too. No matter what, I will keep painting - it is what keeps me sane. I've sold one painting so far, and am hoping that today will be a big sales day for me. I have met lots of really lovely and inspiring people - and so it's not a total loss. But I have my fingers crossed!

Spiritartartist said...

I'm rooting for you girl!! Love all your work.☀

Carrie Jacobson said...

Thanks so much, Sandy - We all have to pull for each other, don't we? I hope all is well with you