Things are getting more and more eccentric at Casa de la Swain. Changing styles in my textile work, falling in love again with painting and photography...and then there is the ever illusive quest for continuing creativity through working with Eric Maisel. Still on the road teaching, posting now at the Ragged Cloth Cafe and taking the pledge to keep handmaiden up to date.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

As promised, posting from Asilomar

Fooled ya! got all my stuff together this trip. No news yet....we don't get into our classrooms until after 3 p.m. pst but by tomorrow there will be a breaking news flash. In the interim, been doing lots of thinking about where I am going and how I can accomplish it alone. Well, dear readers, you already know the answer...can't be done. Sooooo, guess I will be looking into an assistant when I get home.
You can either do art or you can do business.....and until you reach a certain point, you can do both. However, there comes a time when one overwhelms the other and then overwhelms you. Sorry to talk about such personal stuff but while meditating last night the realization of what I want to do, what is important to me and the business end of art became crystal clear. I have reached the point of no return on everything and feel I am accomplishing all I can.....but greedy girl that I am I want to do more.
A week here should help clear the garbage and help me tomorrow a happier post on how the first day of class went.


Valeri said...

OK I'll come and work for you! Grin! That should set the town alight! Bigger Grin!

Gerrie said...

Enjoy one of my favorite spots. If you go in to The Back Porch, say hi to Jean Dunn from me!!

Debra said...

Yep you can work.. or you can work the work. too much time "working the work" and you have no time for the work. Hopefully your assistant is brilliant!! (if I only lived closer).

Part of me really wants to drive down to Asilomar and say hi. And part of me says: there is a major storm rolling in.

deb said...

Say hello to Elizabeth Barton for me.

teri springer said...

I am currently reading a book called: Colour: A Journey Throught the Paintbox by Victoria Findlay (good luck finding it- it's published in the UK and our library link showed NO librairies in the US with it- I bought mine thru Amazon and will donate it to the KIA library when I am done). Any way, she makes an interesting point in the intro about Art vs Craft in that, painters moved from craftsmen to artists when they started having assistants do the prep work. Are we not reversing this to a degree now by doing so much of the prep ourselves. Anyway, you are right. There comes a point where you need someone to do the non-art part of the business. It's a necessity for me as I am the world's greatest procrastinator when it comes to bookkeeping and I get tired of bouncing checks (which is why I now charge everything).

So, where is Monday's promised post? Huh? Huh? Having WAYYYYYY too much fun, eh?


lizzieb said...

assistant time it is! 'bout time, too

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