Dec 14 2009

Do I dare to eat a peach?

Peaches come from a can,
they were put there by a man
In a factory downtown…

Thus Spoke Zarathustra – or the Presidents of the United States of America. But I digress…

Do I dare eat a peach? Taken from the poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Elliot.
Basically it’s a poem about “the road not taken.” And that’s what this blog is about – the road not taken (as an artist). I turned 40 this year, and realized (like many I’m sure) that my life is not where I expected it to be…at least as an artist. I remember telling my Grandma when I was little (she was a talented painter and stained glass artist) “Why don’t you do your art?” And now, I understand…it’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that life gets in the way. I always thought…There will be time, there will be time (again from the poem) – but something about turning 40 makes you realize there ain’t really that much time.

And so, the blog. I’ve had this website for a few years, and haven’t done anything with it. So, I came up with the idea to create a blog about the struggle to become an artist again. Sure, I guess I technically was a graphic artist for several years, and now manage them, but it’s not the same as putting brush to canvas. Being the King Kamehameha of Procrastination, I need a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to get me motivated. A challenge, with deadlines. I watched Julie & Julia the other night. The movie inspired by the real life blog of a woman who dared to cook her way through the Julia Child cookbook. Not a great movie, but a good motivator. I need a deadline.

So…I’m going to jump back into the creative pool. I am going to paint 52 paintings next year – one a week. I am going to beĀ Eating Peaches.