How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? —Dr. Seuss
Up Against the Clock…
Being a self employed artist means working odd hours. I means sometimes starting your day at 11am and working until midnight, or starting your day at 5am and working until noon. Mostly, being a self employed artist means working every day, seven days-a-week, because one day blends into the next. I never really have that thank God it’s Friday feeling… Every day is Friday, on a good day. And every day can be Monday, on a bad day.
This week I am enjoying some down-time in the dairy farm country of Upstate New York. As many of you know, I earned my BFA from Syracuse University, just about an hour from here. In a way, you could say that I am home, back where I started.
It’s a nice escape from the Florida heat here. The mornings are cool and crisp, perfect for starting my day with a run up and down Benton Road. I wave to the locals who are out walking, I yell to the cows at the fence, asking them to pose for a reference photo. As I run past DiNitto Farms, I think that I’ve been visiting the friends that have become my family here for over 25 years.
Everyone needs a little break from their day-to-day and what better time than summer to make time for a mini vacation? I did not bring the collage travel bag, I did not paint on the plane. I kid you not. I brought my headphones and my memory foam neck pillow, I was actually a normal person for once. Well.. maybe normal is a bit of a stretch.
Back in Time
The flight attendant told me that the crew was headed to downtown Syracuse to the Dinosaur BBQ for dinner. I smiled and exclaimed that I had not been to downtown Syracuse in probably more than 20 years. Upon entry to the airport, the gift shop window full of SU orange and blue T-shirts caught my eye. I couldn’t help but grin, a warm fuzzy feeling was creeping in. Note to Self: Stop for one of those shirts on the way back to Sunny Florida.
In this fast paced world in which we live, work, and sometimes play, it’s important to recognize and be aware once in a while that it is in fact Sunday morning, and that the work can wait. Sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee and some conversation with an old friend. (my old friend is sitting across the table from me, patiently waiting to go to Bev’s Diner for brunch…)
I’d suggest smelling the roses here, as everyone can relate to… but up here on the farm what you smell is something else…
A Stitch in Time
Tuesday morning I’ll be back at the easel, working on a beach scene that I’ve been stalling on for a little bit. Here’s hoping that the mental break of this mini vacation will provide energy for projects and travel in the weeks to come. Rest and relaxation can certainly revitalize the heart and soul. I am trying to teach myself this, to become a believer, to practice what I preach…
I am an old dog.
It’s GO TIME!
This summer is proving to be a busy one. June ends with a sold out Collage Workshop at the Art Center in New Braunfels, TX. July begins with a week in Ohio for Headliners Dance Nationals where Emilie will take the stage and attempt to win over some very savvy judges. Immediately following, I return to Western Upstate New York for a workshop with the Yates County Art Center, we still have a spot for you! Next Emilie and I travel to Staten Island, NY for Tony Bradshaw’s Summer Dance Intensive where she will spend a week focusing on musical theatre. Learn more here: We are still offering prints of Some Things I Know.
The last in a long string of back-to-back events includes my traveling to North Light Books headquarters for a week long photo shoot in preparation for the publication of my NEW COLLAGE BOOK! Not self-published, but actually on the book shelf Yes, that’s been under wraps for a while, a small secret of sorts. So stay tuned for photos and more information from that trip in the first week of August.
Whew! Feel like we are going to need another vacation? I’m headed to Northern California for a wedding mid August. I promise not to take the collage travel bag…. well, maybe…
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