When I was laid off as the recession set in I never dreamed I’d still be looking for work over a year and a half later. I’ve applied for hundreds of jobs and have gotten considerably less picky as time goes on. And while I’ve had a couple of temporary opportunities come my way there is still no sign of anything resembling permanence. But there is a bright side to my story.
The worst winter of my lifetime began in early December of 2009 and I could have easily gone over the edge had I not remembered the stacks of old magazines in the basement. I pulled them out of storage and began leafing through them one by one. The images of the Vietnam War, the counter-culture, the assassinations of two leaders, the political climate, the fashion and entertainment of the times spilled out of the pages of these old Life magazines and I was overwhelmed with memories and inspired to make something of these old treasures.
I’ve created over 30 works of art since then and am now looking forward to my first showing later this month. Who knows if I would ever have become an artist if I hadn’t been laid off? It’s hard to say, but looking back if someone had told me I was going to have work in an art gallery I’d have thought they were short a few bricks.
It’s a strange position for me to find myself in. What I do for a living is no longer as important as it once seemed and I would be happy to find anything that will pay the bills and fund my art business. Unwelcome change can open new doors. Look carefully for the signs and when life hands you lemons, just make lemonade. Then market it.
I’d like to thank a few people who have been along for the ride. To Cat Rocketship and Monika Agic, thank you for taking me under your wings and giving me a little push. Your Art Sucks rocked, Cat. And Market Day has become a huge success, thanks to you. Monika, managing Art By Magic Studio Gallery in its infancy was been an honor. And you have no idea how awesome it was for you to set up a work table for me to work on my own art while at the gallery. That’s some support there. To Jon Watson, my Facebook friend from Texas, thanks for being my first customer. To Joe Domeier, thank you for hanging in there at the Art Store. The tough economy has been hell for the business and my thoughts are with you. To Erin Bollman, thanks for being the first to invite me into your space and for the wonderful acts of charity that come out of Finder’s Creepers. To Rex Ray, thanks for liking my Facebook page.
And thank you – my friends and family, just because.