The past few days have been filled with Christmas preparations, celebrations, and cleaning. Now Darrin and I sit here in the airport in Kansas city, packed, ready for real vacation! We are headed to a mild beach climate in South Padre, Texas. One of the things I am looking forward to, surprisingly, is Humidity! My hands are aching from dry skin cracks. Missouri is so polarity opposite on everything, including humidity conditions. So yes, I'm looking forward to sand, water, and wet air, haha.
For holiday gifts I made paintings for each family member. I ended up making no less than ten medium sized paintings. I decided to do printmaking as the theme and they turned out great. I only bought gifts for my nephew (army men/cars) and for Darrin (cologne/gift card). I will try to attain some pics of the paintings for this blog.
So as we near 2012, I remember my resolution 2011 was to payoff my credit card. I even blogged about it on new years eve haha. Well, that has not happened. I paid it down a thousand dollars, yippee, and managed to pay an average of 60 per month in interest, which amounts to . . . .720 dollars. Lame. Instead of paying off that credit card i traveled to Springfield, Seattle, Colorado, Boston, and Texas. Those trips are worth way more than half of my credit card debt. I have also saved up a grand towards Europe.
So my new resolution? Eurotrip obviously. BUT . . .I have considered making the decision not to travel after Europe for a certain length of time. The problem is that traveling begets more traveling, due to the number of friends, contacts, and experiences I will have in Europe. People will recommend places, events, and lifetime opportunities from this experience. We shall see. At lease Eurotrip has finally inspired me to get a second job, which means more income to pay off that credit card after Europe, if I restrict my traveling of course. If, and only if :)
Whether I restrict my travels or not, I would like to renew my vigor towards my painting series. I have watched a friend develop a line of paintings from start to finish. Its been interesting to see him start with a small number of new designs, all on an exact canvas size, and work through an intense development of his collection. Over a year he seems to have painted at least 30 designs, many of them seem inspired by a small thought, image, or idea. My paintings tend to come from a mood and a collection of ideas over a few months. Then I throw everything together in a mixed media, or collage style, painting. I have not invested in canvasses or proper framing. And when a painting is finished it takes a while for the next one to build up. Another difference between me and my friend, he is committed to establishing the lifestyle of an artist. He spends hours working in his studio probably daily, balanced by some part time work probably to make ends meet. But with this series and his commitment, he is ready for his new line of paintings to take off, and it is. He is building up his gallery calendar and getting reviews published of his artwork. Do I want that lifestyle? I don't know. I guess I probably have to decide. It's very hard work. If I were that committed while maintaining my full time teaching career I might run out of time for one or the other, easily. I would also have to change my development of ideas to a much faster pace, which would happen naturally if I put in the time. This all reminds me of the book I read on Willem de kooning. He turned down a high paying job, especially in his times, in order to commit all of his seriousness towards becoming a painter. It worked for him eventually, but not after some serious lows combined with complete immersion into the art world. I am just dabbling. I have too many other combined interests to give up one for painting. I guess I will come back to this later.
For now, off to the beach and a week of wonderful vacationing.