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I Need A Wife

by Kelly Sullivan on 1/10/2012 3:22:35 PM

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I need a wife. But I am one. In there lies a predicament.  I don’t want a modern wife, a liberated one with her own goals … like me. I want the other kind, like the ones from the fifties who freshen up before you arrive home, mix you a cocktail, clean the house, make dinner – and manage all of the small business details of your artistic career. 


OK, I really just want one who will manage all of the small business details of my artistic career. 


Striving to be a better painter takes continual ‘work’ if I can call it that. It takes time. And the better you get, the more you want to put out there so that it is seen, and it sells, and it grows. Unless you are ‘kept’, you need to feed your pigment habit, as well as your family. This forces either economic success or an alternative income. If those are my options, well... there is no option.


I’m fortunate. I stumbled into a nice career of finger painting (believe it or not). I've managed to create an income as an artist, though my tactics were far from traditional. My success depended as much on my ability to produce a proposal as it did the art I created on site. The balance of business and art were equally weighted, no doubt about it. As the years move on, I’ve become more and more dedicated to classical art and the study of it.  All I’ve ever wanted was to be an artist, surrounded by peers, making a difference in the world.  My vision has become more focused, and my dedication and passion for it has not wavered.


But all the tenacity in the world doesn’t change the fact that if art is to be your business, there is business to be done. There is as much going on behind the easel as there is in front of it: web sites, blogs, shows, frames, marketing, client contact, press releases, finance and taxes.  It is almost too much for one creative mind to absorb, let alone accomplish. Complicating the issue is that the more time I spend in front of my easel, the less time I want to spend at my desk. But it seems that their demands for attention coincide. One without the other is only half the recipe, and your cake will flop – unless, of course, you have a good wife.


Then perhaps it will show up well frosted.  



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kara rane
hi Kelly-
so true...even past 'master' painters did not have the demands of the modern world, having many more hours to dedicate to the refining of their skills.
It would be ideal to have the support of a partner, but at the same time I find joy and confidence in being my own business person.

Nicole Hyde
Oh how I would love to have a housekeeper/cook -- even part-time -- a laundry angel and grocery shopper. I can deal with all the art business stuff, but all the house upkeep and daily chores on top of art business on top of painting is some times, just too much.

Lori Woodward
My house is a mess. I do keep the kitchen clean, and we do takeout twice a week. Hubby helps with taxes and finances coz I'm really bad at it.

When I make a bit more money, I'll hire a housekeeper.

Brian Sherwin
I have my daughter for 10 hours per day most days -- and that is time outside of the time I'm scheduled to have court-wise. I love every minute of it -- the extra time is a blessing.

I also have the gift -- or is it curse? -- of being able to function with minimal sleep if needed. A trait I never really let go of from my college days. It can be a juggling act at times. I'd say it has made me a stronger person overall.

When you are a single parent you have to field all the roles. I have to say though -- that pillow looks really good at times. LOL

I'm lucky that my young daughter wants to be an artist and writer... while I'm working on articles she 'works' on hers. :)

kelly sullivan
yes, my house is a mess too, but it's not a reflection of my life - just a lack of willingness to devote time to it right now. Many times I feel like I just want to go to that space where my mind and heart go when I paint - and stay there longer. But the bills do need to be paid. I would not trade it for any other kind of work/play. I am blessed, and I know it. Anyone that gets to devote their lives to art, is a lucky duck. Thanks for the comments, I always love to see them!

Bob Ragland
I want a women like Picasso's last wife .
Artists have to chop wood and haul water.
Then do the dishes, laundry, etc.
I ain't complaining, I would do this art dance no matter what. Today is one of those Andrew Wyeth days outside. I get to stay in an be artful.

Bob Ragland
I want a women like Picasso's last wife .
Artists have to chop wood and haul water.
Then do the dishes, laundry, etc.
I ain't complaining, I would do this art dance no matter what. Today is one of those Andrew Wyeth days outside. I get to stay in an be artful.

Brian Sherwin
As for art and relationships in general -- I know a lot of artists who happen to be female tend to mention that their partner does not do much to make their art career any easier. I've known enough artists who happen to be male to know that the opposite is just as likely to be the case -- as in their partners not really 'getting' what they do with this whole 'art thing'. Point blank -- I don't think artists who happen to be male have it any easier per se -- at least not when it comes to the home front and relationships.

kelly sullivan
Hmm, that may be true these days as most women no longer feel as much of an obligation... perhaps just a really well organized personal assistant would be less complicated anyway!

Brian Sherwin
It really does take two to make a relationship work -- especially today... and even then a housekeeper would be nice. :)

I think part of it is just the mentality of today as well... we live in a fast paced world. There are so many things to get done... and worry about. If you are an artist you likely have a 'day job' alongside your studio efforts... so that is even more on your plate.

Jana Botkin
Kelly, you nailed it! Sometimes I look at artists who are single and think "They can work 14 hour days without stopping to be good wives". And they look at me and think, "How wonderful to have someone to help pay the bills." I think it comes down to the fact that life is hard for everyone, just in different ways.

Bob Ragland
The art life requires a good partnership.
I know of several here in Denver, they work like charm. Every one benefits from the end result.
Geeze! Every body just needs to get on the same page.

Brian Sherwin
I'd think you'd know before marriage if your partner is supportive of your art career or not. Maybe. LOL

Jana Botkin
That's funny, Brian! But how many of us are thinking with all our brain cells when we choose a partner? How many of us are thinking at all? How many of us were so dumb that we thought he or she would "come around"? How many of us even knew we'd be pursuing art as a career?

My husband of 25 years drives big yellow machines. He's not interested in attending crowded receptions, meeting strangers, selling anything, photographing my work, doing anything on a computer besides checking weather, or packaging cards. But, he will run errands for me and I can always count on him to give me an honest opinion from Everyman's point of view. And Everyman is the guy who might buy my work (or Mrs. Everyman)! There is the added benefit of a helpful attitude at my shows and the ability to back up any trailer, any where, perfectly. (Hmmm, the artistry of driving backward. . .)

Kevin liang
I have one of those wives. Maybe not so 50's but totally understand how important Art is for me. If and when I hit peak of success, The first person I would thank is my wife for giving me the freedom and time to follow my goals and dreams.

Maureen Casali
Sad but true! I know I've told my husband more than once we need a second wife.


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