Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Brilliant Colors, Premium Quality
I'm going to assume that my regular readers have picked up on some negativity lately. I'm thinking that it is possible it may continue.
I'm not much of a winter person. I'm big into autumn, but when that last leaf falls, I utter a huge sigh and pretty much sigh continuously until spring. Let's face it, I live in a pretty bleak place. On the surface, it seems grand to live in a college town. And its going to be be grand for the students and, hopefully, the professors. Everyone else, not so much.
Especially if one is a middle-aged artist who is struggling against being sucked down the black hole of housewifery.
The galleries here have dried up and blown away. Sure, sure, if I tried really hard, I could have my work displayed at the hospital or the nursing home gallery. No doubt opening nights at these places would resemble an opening at the coolest gallery in New York City or San Francisco (I can hear that techno beat now). And now, to put the cherry on the top of my middle-aged bitching sundae, the Eddie Bauer store downtown went out of business. Big deal, you say. It is. Where else is a middle-aged woman to buy clothes in this town? I could easily find a belly baring halter top or pre-shredded jeans or a Penn State sweatshirt or a melon colored XXXXXL track suit (at suicide mall), but those Eddie Bauer jeans fit my middle-aged body just right. And now, nothing. A void. I've just been sent a message by this town -- You Do Not Fit Here. I'll do my best to find the other, mostly-invisible, non-university-affiliated, middle-aged women in this town and we'll complain together.
Or, I can just get out my 4 Positive Crayons and draw myself a happy little world. As the package states: they are "NEW." I could use me some new around here. And some color.
Stay warm out there people. And if you're already warm, enjoy it.