You may not see any new work from me for a while, and hey, that's just fine because I have several fabulous pieces waiting for their forever homes. That being said, it's time for a break, a vacation, if you will. You know, vacation, that annual 2 week break those employed in traditional jobs take, where they leave the office, unplug, go away, or stay home and let someone else take care of the crap at the office? Yeah, that. Well, as a self employed person, I don't, or I haven't really taken those. Any person that works for themselves knows what I'm talking about; you can't take a vacation, you can't afford to, a week off is a week you may not eat, better keep the wheel turning. The thing is, when the wheel stops turning, there's no one there, no company pension, no short term disability insurance, no vacation pay. At the end of the day, if I paint myself to death, I can count on one finger who would give a shit, yeah, one finger, aside from me. Well, the cats too, but they aren't people, despite their assertions to the contrary.
The old adage is true, you really do have to look after yourself first. All the accolades in the world, all the praise, whatever, can't sustain you when you work yourself sick. There's got to be some balance in life. I did the math, well, let's be honest, I don't do math, Misty did the math and I've put in about as many hours over the past 20 years into this painting thing as an 80 year old man that worked a 40 hour work week for the past 60 years! That's a lot of work, too much!
What I'm saying is this, I'm grateful for all the collectors I have that love and buy my work, and I do hope you check out what I have available because there are a lot of good pieces, but if you're waiting for something new, you'll be waiting a while, it's time for Carl to put down the brush and "do Carl".