Reading the dessert menu
waercolour, and black marker on
9 x 12 1/8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014Yes. It's a double negative. A complete no no!
(Another double negative.) But it's true, in an
artist's life, there is never 'nothing going on.'
We might fake that -- pretend boredom, answer
the question, "what's up?" with "nothing much."
But trust me, we're not telling the truth when we
say that. We're attempting normalcy, we're trying
to blend in.
The truth is that our eyes and brains, and at best our
hands are at work full time. As long as we're awake,
and even when we're sound asleep we are like full
time movie cameras recording measuring, trying to
hold onto and remember all that we see. For the
most part we don't need to drink, or do any mind
altering drugs, because our minds are always on
high. That's why we get so tired, and have to lie
down -- and then there are dreams!
I say we're lucky. But if you ask an artist what's
happening, and hear a pat answer meant to
escape the spotlight, just say "oh" and move on,
maybe it's best if we all pretend artists aren't
different. But here's another thing -- every single
one of us is an artist in one way or another. Like
the guard at the art gallery yesterday who told me
she wasn't an artist. When I asked her what kind
of artistic thing she did, she said embroidery, and
then, she started talking tools, the kind of cloth,
the kind of embroidery thread she uses. Definitely
Have a nothing-going-on day.