First of all, let me apologize for this somewhat long-winded post.
I spent much of this weekend decluttering and rearranging my small studio to allow for the new letterpress. This was started into motion by placing the letterpress on my work table and then seeing, after a few days, that the saw horses I use for table support were starting to buckle. So, the letterpress was moved off of the table, new (sturdier) saw horses are on my shopping list. Also, my studio gets cluttered pretty easily. It's nobody's fault but my own.
Decluttering equals not getting any studio time making art. I am far from finished from reaching the point of being able to work in the studio and the three-day weekend is almost at its end. I shouldn't worry about it. I have no deadlines. I do have art fairs both this coming weekend (West End in La Grange,IL) and the following one (Greenwich Village Art Fair in Rockford, IL). Then I have about 2 months from them. The last art fair is in November (Winter Art Fair Off the Square, here in Madison).
All in all, it's been a disappointing year for art fairs. I blame the economy, climate change (the weather has been terrible) and the current political regime. All three have made for an hostile environment not just for artists, intellectuals, and free-thinkers, but for the majority of Americans. I'm sorry if anyone disagrees with me but the change has been palpable.
I am admittedly a little discouraged. I am pondering doing less art fairs next year. I am researching ways to branch out, much of this involves the letterpress once it is up and operational. I mentioned in the last blog post that Coffee Fish Press is the name I will use for non-editioned work such as cards and journals. I am looking forward to this change.
I also have to say that I don't know what I would do if it weren't for Valerie. I guess we are each other's rock.
And in parting (for now) I want to share something. It has nothing to do with art. It has everything to do with art. It has been shared and re-shared on the Internet since the author's passing in February of this year. I am going to share it again. I read and re-read it at least once a month. It seems to put me back on track.
The author, John Perry Barlow, was a former cowpoke, a poet, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a lyricist for the Grateful Dead. And so much more...
He wrote this list 40 years ago and it still speaks truth
Twenty Five Principles of Adult Behavior
1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.