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Back in my right mind, big news!

Big BIG news.

Remember I was planning on saving up to move to San Francisco?

Looks like I'll be relocating August 1st because that's when Kitten and Karl are moving. They got the house - 20 acres, they will be able to have the horses home with them. Unfortunately it too is a three bedroom house and with two kids of different genders, they really do need their own rooms.

Also, the state of Arkansas has just zapped me again big time. Now I'm limited to three prescriptions, period. This is insane. I've been doing without one major one for the past six months anyway because they're hung up on my records, they've got this law in place that caused both Amazon and Blick to cut me off as an affiliate - which effectively cuts off any chance of my becoming self supporting by building websites - the weather here is so bad I get only one good season and it's a short one.

I need to live somewhere I can function year round with all of the social services I actually need, with those services accessible and an aggressive outreach program for them. Most of all I remember Vocational Rehabilitation. That was the most efficient service I've ever known. They were practical. I may well become a student again on that program - it wouldn't hurt to ask. I know if I do that they'll put me in a power chair to get to class and get around.

I need to earn more on my art than I'm doing. If I can only work a few days a month, I need to earn enough on those few days to live on for the month. If I can do that year round I'll have a life and be a taxpayer again. My best shot at doing this is in San Francisco.

If there is one place in this country where I would never tire of painting local scenery, it would be San Francisco. That is the art that sells: the faces and places the client loves. The artist has to love it too, that has to be shared joy more than anything else. If I'm happy I'm healthy.

There are challenges. There would be challenges to my moving anywhere and always have been. My life ain't easy. But maybe I can make it better.

If I'm happy I'm stronger and more capable. Fibromyalgia gives me that feedback. It's an absolute necessity for me to live where I would be happiest because that is also where I'd be healthiest. That's just a positive feedback loop. I did things in San Francisco that I wasn't capable of living anywhere else. I went dancing there in the seventies.

I do need the power chair, I'm not the twenty year old who danced. But if I can get a MUNI pass and seize the day on any good day, or roll out in my power chair "on foot" so to speak, that is like getting out of jail.

I can and will cut down on my stuff ruthlessly and sensibly. The important things will get shipped or go with me as luggage, the less urgent things will be packed and labeled for Kitten to send out as I send her money to ship the boxes. Last might be the boxes of framed art. Jerry's Artarama has some really good mailers - I might lend her most of the art until I've got the money to send her the mailers and ask her to pack the art down. That and/or replace all the glass in the frames with acrylic glazing so they weigh less and I'm not dealing with a broken glass package like I did when John Houle sent me that beautiful Canadian Lynx.

That can wait, I know it's safe with her. It's my art supplies, minimal books, some clothes and bedding, computer and stuff that need to come with me. The rest - let it go, as much as I can. I'm going home and I want to travel light. The less stuff I need to manage, the easier it'll be to take care of myself instead of relying on others.
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notalwaysweak
Jun. 23rd, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Awesome news, Rob! 20 acres is amazing, too; I'm so glad they'll be able to have their horses with them.
robertsloan2
Jun. 23rd, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you! If I can't finish wombat here, I'll keep it on top of the priority list and ship from SF. Got to give myself an out, the moving and packing process may get so immersive that I'm not keeping up on it. So you will get it soon.

I'm liking the sketch though, it's under way! A good 1/4 done with that sketch in.
robertsloan2
Jun. 23rd, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
I am so happy for them getting it. The owner wanted them to move in mid July but they need more time than that to pack too. This packing will get crazy. It's just sinking in how fast I'll have to do it and how ruthless I'll have to get on the selection to have it make sense.
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