Writing the eulogy for my art gallery has become an everyday task. Why is it so hard to quit even when I know it's a losing battle??
|Philip Guston, Deluge II|
My daughter called me a one-hit-wonder the other day. That hurt. But maybe it's true. I open too many businesses that never make it past the two year mark.
Catherine Street Gallery, Green Seed Art Company, and The Art House Gallery are my top three. I either run out of money or am in the wrong place at the wrong time while running out of money. My husband says if I did half the work I do for myself for other companies I'd be rich.
It's easy to write a mission statement for a new business. Even coming up with brand names and logos is fun. But what about coming up with a mission statement for your life. I read somewhere recently that if you can't describe your business in one sentence you shouldn't be in that business. Can you sum up a whole life in one sentence?
|Philip Guston, Ancient Wall|
|Philip Guston, Forms on Rock Ledge|
|Philip Guston, The Pit|
Philip Guston balked at the suggestion that artists have any control over the types of paintings they inevitably make. I imagine life like this too. If we do what we are innately inclined to do, things that come naturally, that are free of expectation and categorization, we unintentionally follow our own mission statement. Aspiring to follow the natural yearning within ourselves is quite the artistic struggle. That struggle, however, isn't so bad if you can somehow find a way to enjoy it...all the sweaty, smelly, confusing moments of it.