Yesterday I was kicking around the studio in a listless funk. Too many miles, too many long days, too many houseguests. I set out to pay my bills—urgent—and pack a few things for Castine Plein Air, but neither compelled me.
At 12:30 I got a call from Bobbi Heath, who was driving from Yarmouth to Castine to teach a workshop. Did I want to go rustle up Peter Yesis, who was painting in Camden, and get some lunch? Hanging around with my friends seemed a lot more fun than paying bills.
Obviously, artists do three things:
- We blow off work on weekdays;
- We go out to long lunches on weekdays;
- We drink with our lunches.
Slackers, right? I’ve been working six days a week since spring. When I’m not painting, I’m prepping, ordering supplies, marketing, and publicizing. Peter just delivered work for a show at Camden Falls Gallery, and Bobbi was traveling three hours to teach tomorrow in Castine.
To be perfectly honest, all three of us had water to drink.
Conversation over lunch was lively. We talked about shaping social media, assessed shows and galleries, tossed around new ideas for marketing our workshops, and—most importantly—discussed where we are moving in our painting. Not a single word was said about scoring drugs, sleeping with our models or who we saw at someone’s studio party.
There are artists and there are poseurs. All the pros I know are dead serious. The poseurs seem to end up working elsewhere.
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