These are the little munchkins who keep me going. When they're here, everything else stops and sometimes that's a really good thing!
What stops? Paying attention to the news. Right now, nothing is more depressing and anger inducing than what this administration is doing- between the likelihood of losing my health insurance when I need it the most to #45 wanting to eliminate arts funding, environmental protections and meals for children and seniors for crying out loud! What's going to happen to the public schools my little munchkins will be attending? What's going to happen to the sick people who can't see a doctor? BUT.... we'll have a useless wall that we'll have to pay for. Riiiight. Everything that's good in this country is at risk because of lying, greedy, hard hearted, selfish people. I am so disgusted by not only the assholes in the White House but people close to me who still support them. What is the point of having a massive military when there won't be much left to protect? Yes, I'm a bleeding heart liberal and proud of it. I'd much rather be that than cold hearted and compassion-less. Ugh.... end of rant.
So there's the sad and angry part. It really is difficult to focus sometimes with all this crap going on. I end up sharing more political stuff on FB than art stuff and that's not a good thing but it's important stuff that needs to be said because it affects all of us personally and the art world too. We need more people to care about it and I'm not going to put on the rose colored glasses or stick my head in the sand.
What helps is balance and staying grateful.
I'm truly grateful for all the sales my 2 galleries have made for me.
I'm grateful for the portrait commissions and the faith that customers put in me to create what could become a family heirloom.
I'm grateful for a growing, local, art community.
I'm grateful to be able to do the work I love!
I'm grateful for my family, dear friends and especially all my kids and grandchildren.
Doing what I love and having friends and family around me - that's the stuff of life that makes it worth living.
Ok, got a few things out of my head and now, back to the drawing board.