"I am playing with myself,
I am playing with the world's soul,
I am the dialogue between myself and el espiritu del mundo.
I change myself, I change the world."

Gloria Anzaldúa

11 April, 2010

Notes from a "Hanger-On"

Friday I was able to go to the opening of Salon International at the Greenhouse Gallery as the guest of my friend Susan Carlin. If you are in San Antonio, you should go to this show! It is almost 400 paintings--almost all of which are brilliant.


Here is Susan with the painting she entered in the show: "Gentleman Traveler. "

Anyway, I have spent the past several days  posting a poem a day on Facebook for National Poetry Month. It has been great submerging myself in the word. I've also had the opportunity to work several times at Susan's gallery, to purchase new music (and even to receive some as a gift--thanks Cheri), and to puchase new art (a painting by Bonnie Mann and a cup by Gary Rith). I love creativity. I love being around artists and supporting their work.
And it is important to support art, I think.
But Friday night, as I was being introduced to people as, "my friend Karen," I joked with another friend--the lovely artist Patty Cooper-- that I should be introduced as "a hanger-on," an "art groupie," a "sometime clerk" and "book keeper." I realize that I want to do more than that.
It is no longer enough to share other people's poetry. I need to write my own again. I need to sing. I need to create things of beauty (photos, jewelry, something). I want to be an artist--I want to think of myself as an artist.

7 comments:

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

You're already there, artist woman. I can't wait to read more.

Also, you are welcome. :-D

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I already consider you an artist, but I understand the need to take it a step further. Go for it!

katydidnot said...

I know what you mean. I remember painting.

K. said...

Yes, please.

apathy lounge said...

Writers ARE artists. Wordsmiths. Own it, girlfriend. You're already there.

Ginaagain said...

Of course you are already an artist but it can be difficult to embrace that when you are surrounded by talented people. Instead of feeding your own creative fire you have been carrying wood for others. I can't wait to see what happens when you focus a bit more on your own talent!

Professor J said...

Oh, aren't you gals the sweetest? Thank you all for your kind words.