Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I was on the phone with a dear friend, Lori McNee, yesterday commiserating over our tight deadlines and procrastinations. I confessed that it has been a "few" days since I had showered because I just keep rolling out of bed and heading directly down to the studio and painting until it is WAY past time to cook dinner, spend an hour with my honey and get some sleep to do it all over again. This will only last until Saturday because at that time I have to drive the work 4 hours to its destination. I really don't think I've had this tight of a deadline in a very long time. With my confession, Lori said I might be getting a little eccentric! Anyway, I started thinking and analyzing the way I work with the procrastinations and all. I think I truly AM a bit eccentric! I function best when my studio is a mess. I work best in my overalls and a ponytail, which is fine in the studio but NOT in the grocery store - WHEN I get to the grocery store. I have become a bit reclusive over the years when I used to be so outgoing and social. I generally perform best when pushed to the last minute and have no other choices. Any other time, my garden calls me first, a great cookbook catches my attention before the canvas, the damn computer imprisons me (notice I'm blogging this morning when I should be painting) - my lack of focus frustrates me. But in the end, there hasn't been a deadline I haven't lived up to. The paintings always get done and get where they need to be. I am a "functioning" eccentric. Maybe I'm no different than most artists. My family and non-art friends don't believe it but they are tolerant. They love me for my eccentricities, not my discipline. Most understand that there are times (more than I want to admit) that I am a flake. My memory is challenged and blamed on paint fumes. Maybe you can relate to all of this. I know when I hear of similar stories, I am relieved to a degree that this might just be an artists' mind. I love this artist life! We see the beauty in all, the positive in life and what we can create with it. There is never a problem that can't be solved some way. Show me the good and I'll hide from the bad! Yep, that's how I roll - I'm eccentric and quite proud of it!


  1. Haha, Shanna. This is cute! I love you for your eccentricities too... It makes you an individual and a great artist!


  2. And I thought I was the only one that did all those things! Wish I could paint as well as you though.

    You're not alone!

  3. Shanna, I'm so glad I've discovered your blog- yay! I can sooo relate to everything you describe, trying to balance a creative life w/everyday activities leaves my brain scrambled most days. I feel the difference mentally when creating and then have to pull myself out and snap to reality (I have two active boys). It definitely makes one eccentric-- but I wouldn't change it for anything!