Work Older Notes
I work now as an older artist. I’ll be 68 in May. I’ve been noticing that few of my women friends work. Most of my men friends do still work. All in a range from 50 to 70. I find that to be interesting, particularly the artists. I know several successful women artists who retired when their husbands retired. An artist can work for a lifetime as long as they have hands that move. Most artists I know are passionate about their work. I can’t imagine not painting as long as I am able.
Do women artist get tired of the work at a certain age or is it the influence of their husbands, demanding all their attention? All the talk about freedom and equal rights for women comes to a screeching halt about the time their men want to retire. I don’t know that is true but it certainly looks that way. All of my men artist friends will probably paint into very old age or until death, as will I.
My Momma retired early because my Daddy retired and was bored without her. That was her generation. I thought mine would be more independent but it doesn’t seem to be. Sometimes I wish I had found the right man, but perhaps I was lucky not to. I can live life on my own terms. Being a professional artist can be as selfish as any other career. My career comes before just about anything else as this point. I do spend time with my daughters and my grandson, but on my terms, not theirs.
I think I am more driven than some of my women artist friends. Most of them put their own careers behind their husbands and children. I never do unless it is an emergency. I know that is shocking and terrible, but I spent 25 years giving everything I had to my daughters, raising them alone after a divorce. I did my duty to family. Now it is my turn for fulfillment. Awful but honest.
All of us do what we must, and so we all make decisions based on our personalities and needs. Some are em paths and some not. Some dominant some not. I think a lot of lip service goes into the women’s movement but I don’t know how much is simply saying what is popular. I still see a huge dominance by men in the art world. Women are good painters, but most of them take second place to their men. I don’t know that this is bad or good. I just think it is the reality of our culture.
More musings for artists and collectors to come…
Easy Chicken Bake
One large jar of chipped dried beef
5 or 6 boneless chicken breast (skinless)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
Equal size container of sour cream
1 1/2 to 2 cups of spinach (fresh or frozen)
3 cups of seasoned cooked brown rice
Mix sour cream and soups together and set aside.
Spread rice in the bottom of sprayed casserole dish.Layer torn pieces of chipped beef on top of rice. Next layer spinach then chicken. Pour all of sour cream and soup mix evenly over entire top of chicken. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.