May 24, 2006
Art is funny that way....
Freelancing & Art... now there's a potent combination of subjectivity.
I think life as a freelancer... selling art and ideas, leaves many more shady grey areas in the balance of rationality than some other professions might.
Just dealing with the artwork itself can seem like temporary insanity. It's because it's all so subjective.
For instance it's quite common for an artist to finish a piece of art and think it's totally perfect... only to realize 2 weeks later that they wish they had painted it a bit differently. Luckily, it can also work the other way... and you decide a painting is really much better than you first thought.
It's very perplexing when subjectivity shifts from week to week.
I read a story from an artist friend who hated how a painting was going, so she tossed it on the floor and stomped on it. Three days later she picked it back up and decided it was one of her favorite paintings ever. It turned out to be her favorite painting in the entire book.
Then there's the classic artist joke: There once was an artist who was staying as a guest at the house of an old friend. One of the artist's paintings, done 30 years before was hanging over the mantle. In the middle of the night, noises were heard downstairs. The host fearfully crept down the stairs to investigate.
There in the living-room was the artist... up on a stepladder, lantern and paintbrush in hand, putting the last correcting touches to his painting from 30 years ago!
Tell me that's not half crazy... but I KNOW exactly where that story is coming from.
Anyhow, so that's just the Art part. Next comes the Freelancing part, which is equally subjective and unpredictable.
That's where you have anywhere from 0 to 5 clients all calling and setting different overlapping deadlines. All totally unpredictable as the freelancer tries to juggle time and the projects they're working on. That can drive you nuts too. And it's sometimes hard to tell which is worse... having 5 clients or not having any.
In any event, the little painting above is from one of my unpublished stories. It's about a Painter who gets lots of advice about just how he ought to be painting.