The Artist

On the Sunday just gone, I had High Tea at the Metamorphosis Art Gallery in Willetton. The function was organized by Willetton Rotary club to raise funds for Read-Write-Now, an organization that helps improve adult literacy. A totally great cause!

Anyway, I had an inspired time. There was a great turn out, about sixty people and the food was divine. I really enjoyed Jana Vodesil-Baruffi’s presentation on understanding art. Mainly because I know nothing about painting and how works are created. Now at least I have a few buzz words in my vocab that I can bring out for special occasions.  Such as, “I like impressionist paintings that lean towards realism.” How good do I sound now?

I also learned that artists are pretty much the same all over. Whether you’re a writer or a painter we all have three things in common. Firstly and most importantly, we have the passion. We ENJOY what we do. We do it for fun. Not to earn money. The money may come later but it’s not a factor in whether we do it or not. Which brings me to my second point:   The addiction. We LOVE what we do so much we physically can’t do without it. We couldn’t give it up even if we tried. Even if no one wanted to see our work. When I’m looking after my kids, my stories are always playing in the background. I can’t seem to escape my alternate reality.

And last but not least, it’s for praise. What all artists crave more than anything else is for someone to look at, read, watch, experience our work and say, “Wow, I really enjoyed that.” It’s amazing what those five little words can do for a writer, which is why most of us love talking to readers and getting feedback.

I gave my presentation after Jana and it was wonderful to talk to a group of people who were so interested and supportive of my work. There were so many questions afterwards, which I hope I answered satisfactorily.

Here’s to ENJOYMENT, ADDICTION and PRAISE. May it never end!


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