(Work in progress)
At least that is what my mind is telling me. In most cases this would be called "rationalization" right?
Summer drives me crazy. I should be working steadily at art. Summer breaths freedom and so I thought I'd get ahead and get some work done...It's summer and I'm free to do art!
But the summer "breath of freedom" means that things keep cropping up that seem meant to interrupt artistic processes! Truth is during the summer everyone else is also experiencing this "breath of freedom" which of course means trouble! So there are irresistible and important "impromptu" summer surprises! The off the cuff kind of stuff that comes up like staff shortages at work (they also want holidays!), family from far away places riding through. The pressured feeling that we should take a break ourselves! All things that we love about summer, but keeps the artist from getting concerted time in the studio!
Then, there is the studio itself, it's on the second floor and guess what, no air-conditioning! So the temperature rides all the way up to 27 or 30 sauna type of degrees in there! I open windows...but since it's such a huge area it really has little affect. I place fans in strategic locations trying to squeeze some cooler air in, but it's futile. I tried placing a fan to blow on me as I work but alas that dries the exposed clay I'm working on too fast. I've been thinking about wearing a swimsuit, might as well with all the sweating I'm dong. Actually, I got an idea, I could take advantage of this...how about I start a weight-loss-art-program teaching art in my sauna-like-studio in mid summer? But I digress!!!
Sorry, I believe I was talking about rationalizations, right, so you can see how it would be easy to rationalize and think twice about going to the studio.
I am reminding myself that if Chagall or Mozart or Michelangelo and all our famous artists. would have believed their "rationalizations" spinning tales about reasons for not getting to the studio, piano and so on, we would not have all that fantastic art, inspiring music and sculptures that we all enjoy and admire so much.
When I begin to believe that these rationalizations are true...I am in deep trouble.
- a seemingly trivial compromise here,
a rationalization of a minor evil there
- that they don't realize what they're doing until it is too late.”
― Mike Klepper