Sunday, January 25, 2009

Here, there be Dragons


“We’re our own Dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.”
--Tom Robins

And so I sally forth to face the windmills and dragons with equal abandon every day. I try to keep that faith in myself; that I will soon be able to slay the things that keep me from doing what I must and need to do – those things that keep me from the year of jubilee.
I had thought that, since Uncle Sam took so much from my pay checks this year, that I would be getting a rather sizable return from the man. Alas, ‘twas not to be. The government, in their benevolent wisdom, has seen fit to keep most of my paltry sums … and then give themselves raises, etc. Ah, well, it is a system in which we all must contribute. I understand that, and am grateful that this nation is one that is founded on all of us working together for the good of all. Our system may not always work … but I do love my country, and I’m willing to step up and do my part. I pay my taxes and I’m proud to say that I served in the armed forces.
I didn’t get as much as I’d hoped, but I did get a decent sum. So, really, it’s a minor set-back. I’m at about the halfway mark of earning what I think will get me through my “year of jubilee”. I hope that the term Jubilee doesn’t throw anyone off. I’m not planning to take a year off to sit on my laurels, play video games, and daydream. I’m actually going to have to work harder in that time period to get my artwork out into the public … to promote myself, put my things in other galleries, take on more commissions, and study with Del as much as possible. I also plan to work diligently at writing articles and books for publication, submitting things that I’ve already accomplished, and entering contests, etc in both writing and fine art. I hope to be able to do well enough to make it a permanent change.
You can see by this latest charcoal that I’m willing to take on a diverse array of commissions to meet my financial means. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that kind of illustration. I’m happy to see that I tackle these kinds of things with a different, clearer approach now, and came up with what I think is a remarkable drawing. It will make a good aquatint, too. I’ll tackle that this summer sometime when I can reopen my outdoor print shop.
My new goal date is going to have to be pushed back until June, I’m afraid. I don’t want to set myself up for failure. I want to be certain that I have enough money put aside to make it for at least a year. The whole idea of the jubilee thing, anyway, stems from a practice in Judaism. Something about resting on the 49th year (7 x 7). To me it makes more sense to celebrate the year of Jubilee AFTER the 49th one is over.
So, on my birthday, I’m going to boldly set forth and become a full time artist.
We, who are about to starve, salute you.