Monday, June 04, 2007

Kerri Smith and an artist's survival guide

I was web wandering, having done good work all morning, in between biscuit crumbs and dribbly 2-year old kisses ... and I found Kerri Smith's site and had to smile over her artist's survival guide , admiring that she got it sp precisely when she wrote:

For the really bad days, for the days when you want to quit, when you feel like everything you do is shit, when you feel your self-esteem plummet, when you decide that you would rather wait tables for a living, when you start to think you will never make a living making art, when you are working on something and feel like you hate it more than you've ever hated anything in your life, when someone makes an offhand remark about your work and afterwards you feel dejected, when you wish you had gone to school for accounting, when you start to believe that maybe your family was right, when you want to lie in bed for a month and eat chips.


It's worth checking out if you're familiar with this kind of dejection.

2 comments:

david mcmahon said...

Hi Di,

She speaks for everyone, every singke one of us with a creative soul.

Thanks for sharing that with us.

Keep smiling

David

womanwandering said...

She does speak for the creative doesn't she David. I almost giggled when I read about becoming a waitress. It's been a thought of mine recently ... the equivalent of me pouting and saying 'I'm going down to the garden to eat worms' in the tradition of all petulant children back in the days when I was small too.

And the sometimes dream of wishing I had chosen something sensible and grown-up like economics instead of literature and anthropology ... that crosses my mind too.