Day 38

By Jes • Uncategorized • 8 Oct 2009

For quite awhile I have been working on collecting images, taking photos wherever I am, capturing whatever interests me at the time. The images get scanned into my computer and get sorted through, looked at, and sometimes left to be looked at again later. Many of them come to light in these blog posts. One of the greatest things I have found with this blog is that no matter what I have time to work on during the day, I always make time to process a couple of new photos. Those will then be ready for me to add into this project somewhere when the time is right. It is a little step, but in the end it counts for a lot.

I do find that as I am going through a large folder of images, I (somewhat subconsciously) pick out images to work on that reflect what I'm feeling at the time. 

I know exactly why I chose these tonight.

Rides at night at the Minnesota State Fair

The Orbiter ride at the Minnesota State Fair.

The sign above the Pinball arcade at the Minnesota State Fair.

Right now I am exhausted. I feel like life, in general, is quite like a pinball game, or one of the crazy rides at the State Fair. Everything is moving fast, I feel like most days I end up bouncing from one thing to another, and my time to sit down and focus is often a lot less than I'd like it to be. I'm not whining. This is the reality of being an artist, working a job besides that, and well, having any little bit of a life. This is the glamorous life I chose, and this month, well, it is a bit less glamorous than others. In fact it is making me down-right exhausted. I love what I do, and I wouldn't give it up for anything, but there are times it is less than rosy, and it is easy to get overwhelmed. This is one of those times. I have a lot of appointments, deadlines, and mini-projects coming up this month. I'll deal with it, and come out on the other end just fine, but it is a journey.

What can you do about it? Nothing really, except to understand. Now you know why I'm a bit frazzled, why I can't possibly squeeze anything else in this month, or why I forget what you asked me to do last week. Just be patient. I know the Tilt-a-Whirl I feel like I'm on this month will slow down a bit soon. I am trying really hard to take it one little bit at a time, but somedays that is easier said than done, and I easily get overwhelmed. If you can, listen, and help me focus. 

And, no matter what, I hope you like the pics I posted tonight.