Yesterday I was spoiled. Not simply because of the snow day (our office was closed for the day!) but because of how I spent my day. Determined to be productive, I set up camp in my long neglected studio, put my favorite records on, and got to work on an art project (a watercolor/ink illustration, if you’re keeping score). Normally I don’t have the time or energy to work on projects like this, what with the day job and all (don’t get me wrong, I love my day job). Weekends, too, are often too busy for much creativity, so it was extremely nice to have a free day with nothing pressing to do and nowhere to go.
The reason I say I was spoiled is because I had a taste of what it might feel like to be a real working artist. I mean, there are people who are able to do this for a living – their work day is going into the studio, putting on their favorite records, and just creating. How fun would that be? I’d venture to put them in the same category as professional athletes, rock stars, and actors… they get paid to play! Well, okay, most artists aren’t earning a fraction of what professional athletes, rock stars, and actors earn, but you know what I mean. You get it. There are some artists who aren’t starving, and who aren’t working a “day job” and saving all of their projects for the rare occasion of a snow day. The challenge, I guess, is becoming one of those artists.
Unrelated, I had an anti-genius idea today to create a search engine called “Irrelevant” in which all of the search results are completely unrelated to whatever your search words were. Wouldn’t that be novel? And annoying? And completely useless? Remarkably, the domain name www dot irrelevant dot com seems to be available. If I was a different kind of person I would snatch that up. You can be the snatchers, friends. You can make my idea come to life.