Notes From the Loft Studio
Today I had a visit from my friend Kate Barnes. She is a true Renaissance woman. She lived in Japan as a young woman, learning about Japanese pottery, worked as a watercolor painter for years, a graphic designer, is a professional cook, and writer for newspapers and magazines. She has done just about everything in her long career, including being on the county commission, along with sewing and fiber arts. It makes me tired to think about all she has accomplished. After all this, she remains completely likable, witty and accessible to all of her friends.
We agreed that competitiveness for artists is a pretty negative way to live. We laughed about the hubris of ourselves as young artists, regretting the years we spent in trying to look cool and be "important". What a waste of our resources. We are happy now just being painters, having the adventure each day of discovery. I discovered how much I love being a country painter without pretense.
We realized that our conversation went on for three hours. What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.