21 December 2007

once upon a time

me, circa 1990

The dust has finally settled friends. Something had to give these past weeks and it ended up being this blog. My apologies for the lack of posts though I know you are all an incredibly understanding bunch of lovely people and you know the deal, so I won’t spend a lot of time hemming and hawing about it.

Funny, as soon as I had a moment to myself, which was last night, I sat on my bed and read not one but five books at once. I think I am a little starved for quiet time and the written word. Today I have been very reflective, rummaging through old photographs and thinking about places, people and things I haven't had time to think about lately. I also managed to sneak out and buy a couple of pretty things to wear for the holidays which was really nice.

While I was digging through my photos, I came upon this one of me taken at a Christmas brunch in 1990. I had to count on my fingers (and toes) to add up how many years ago that was…I was a tender twenty-five years old and just had finished my first year of art school. When I reflect back on that time and what the girl in the photo was thinking, hoping and dreaming of it was to have the life of an Artist. Little did I know what would become of me. I worried then about what most twenty five year old girls worry about (err, boys…) but mostly I worried about whether or not I would ever become a real Artist. Already I was having it pounded into my head by my instructors that real Artists work twenty-four seven on their work. Real Artists will work through the night and into the wee hours of the morning to get a project done (the thought of this made me cringe as I really am not much of a night person, so working through the night sounded like pure torture). Real Artists have to give up the things that most people have, like having a family and a good income if they want to be prolific and productive Artists. Its true, I was really told that! I don’t believe that it is impossible to have a home, a family and good relationships or a decent income for that matter and be an Artist as well. I know plenty of successful Artists that have all of those things (all at once too!) but it is no easy task. I admire them greatly!

So here I am today…and today when I saw this picture and thought about where I was then and where I am now, I realized I became what I wanted to become. A real Artist! I work twenty-four seven, my work is my life. I have even worked into the wee hours of the night, which in my book definitely puts me in the real Artist category. It is so satisfying and honestly in so many ways though I have been at it for well over twenty years now I really feel like I have only just begun.

Speaking of beginnings, I will be starting a new blog project in 2008. I hope you will check back in the New Year and share in this new adventure with me. For now have a warm, safe and relaxing holiday friends. I so appreciate all the kind words of support and encouragement you have given me throughout the year...They have gotten me through many a long cold night at the studio.

*YOU ARE THE BEST*

See you in 2008!

11 comments:

la Rimule said...

I wish a merry christmas and a happy new year to a real Artist !!!! xxxx

chaetoons said...

Diana
Enjoyed your post. Got a chuckle about "real artists" working through the night, as i accidently stayed up through the wee hours of this morning working on a piece . . . .
Merry Christmas
Chae

matirose said...

Thanks for sharing this Diana! Having just been a year out of art school, albeit 7 years older than you were... I can identify to that place. What a beautiful photo, too! Happy holidays friend.
xo
Mati

Margaret Brampton said...

Have a grear holiday! I still have some large pieces to finish before I can lock the studio door for a Christmas break. Got the kiln on tonight for a final firing. Someone rang up just yesterday to order a piece for Christmas!! Fortunatley I had some pieces ready just needed to be glazed. Cann't wait to finish now though and spend time with my four children. Thanks for your blog it's great to feel connected to other potters. Margaret Brampton

natasha said...

and years later, still cute! it is funny that everyone thinks the same things and thinks that they are the only ones.

happy holiday!

Abby Creek Art said...

Good to hear from you, Diana. Wishing you all your heart desires for Christmas and the New Year. Looking forward to your new blog! xox

Joanna Bolick said...

I gave a friend that lovely star porcelain tag that you made and she says it's her favorite ornament ever. So thank you!!

gracia said...

See you in the sure to be brilliant new year!
take care, grache

Cynthia said...

Happy Holidays to you and your family & friends, Diana! I wish you continued success in 2008 and look forward to reading about your blog project.

BTW, I was told the same thing in art school - and also about how only a very small percentage actually end up working in the arts. What a discouraging way to start a career...

Ulla said...

Beautiful realization! You were as lovely then as you are now... so looking forward to seeing/reading what you have in store for us in the new year! Blessings...

Tiffany said...

What's that saying..."You've come a long way baby"! Thank you for being such a fabulous “real” artist! Your work is inspiring.