Every Day Chores


Every Day Chores

Every Day Chores

Every Day Chores Notes

I have multiple every day chores as a painter. I have an acrylic set up in one area of the studio, oil in another. Casein at my work table in my office. They all require set up and maintenance. I am not a slob artist. I’m very particular about clean brushes, palettes and so forth.

 

As I restocked my equipment one day, it occurred to me how much I love being a painter. It’s not just putting brush to canvas either. I love ordering supplies, ordering the beautiful wood panels from my carpenter, anxiously waiting for their arrival, gessoing them and toning them. I love the process of laying out my brushes, the palette colors, the plans at my design table, the preparation for the next painting.

Every Day Chores

Linda’s Bird Art

I love writing this art blog, though it may be of no interest to others. Looking at the posts, thinking about the process and writing about the plans, problems and solutions to the painting and marketing process is all part of the life of a painter. Perhaps I have marginalized that part of my job in the past; skipping over the day to day activities related to being a painter.

Every Day Chores

Perhaps it is maturity that brings me to the understanding that the travel plans, the lists, the correspondence with gallery directors, museum directors, other artists, and collectors is just as much a reward as the painting time. I want to savor every part of the process that I have taken for granted all of these years.

Linda’s Landscape Paintings

I had a glass half empty attitude about the every day chores of my career, thinking they were infringing on my painting time. I have started to think more in terms of the glass being almost full lately. Perhaps when things start heating up, when I’m tired from a difficult commission, too much travel, family obligations, I may think of it as half empty again, but for the most part, I will savor all of the craziness that goes with being a full time painter, allowing it to enrich my painting process as well.

Every Day Chores

If I can impart nothing else, I hope this leads others to understand that how we live as painters deeply effects how we paint. This was a significant milestone for me in understanding what it means to be a painter. Joy in all aspects of my career enhances my ability to be focused and calm in my easel time.  I know many artists who only want to paint. They don’t want to put in the time to manage a studio, market their art, or even spend time with their collectors.  They take away the control and the joy of their career, though they don’t realize it. I am extremely happy in all aspects, because I am so grateful to be a full time painter.

More musings for artists and collectors to come……

Today’s Recipe

Chicken and Dumplings

6 boneless chicken thighs

1 can chicken broth

1 8 OZ package of cream cheese

2 chicken bullion cubes

1 cup water

2 finely diced carrots

2 stalks celery diced

1 onion diced

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp chopped or dried parsley

1/2 cup corn

1/4 cup green peas

1 diced tomato

1/4 cup wine

Put all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low until chicken is tender.

Make a slurry of cornstarch and water to pour in and thicken the sauce.

Use Bisquick to make drop dumplings. Turn crock pot on high and drop dumplings in. Cover and steam until they are firm.

 

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