Last night Billy and I attended the Governor's Inaugural Ball. Yes, it's a bit late for that but his 1st amazing event was canceled January 10th because of the wicked storm that came through Atlanta! Everyone got their money back and all thought he'd never get his party. Then whatdaya know? The governor had the event last night after all! And this time it was free.....pretty cool thing to do right? There was a live band, lots of yummy food, cash bars and PEOPLE. Geesh at the people. It was super fun for me who loves to people watch and mingle. Oh, and getting all gussied up, well that's just like icing on a cake for this southern belle!
Ok, to the point of the post you say. Well, in the sea of people we did run into many people we knew; friends, lobbyists, fellow house members, etc.....One fella in particular was very chatty asking about this and that of me. The typical questions like how many kids, ages, do they play sports, yaddy, yaddy, yadda. And then came the loaded question:
"So do you work outside the home?"
Yes, "I am an artist". And that's when I really, really wish I had a hidden camera in my hair. Because it's the looks I really wish I could capture and share. It's almost like deer in headlights. Yep. That's a good way to describe it. Always the response to my answer is classic. His was, "How's that working out for you?" Well, let me just tell you buddy it's amazing! And I went on and on. Describing my work and the genre I paint and this and that. Yep. Hey, he opened the can. So I was asked the question at least 3 times last night. His response was the best though. I suppose most people he encounters in his line of work have wives who stay at home or do other "normal" jobs so to say. I am not sure why it is that being an "artist" gets people almost nervous. I've had someone tell me one time that I didn't look like an artist. What? What do artists look like? And seriously, what would the world look like if there were NO artists? Think about that.
Anyhoo, I got a kick out of it last night. And thought you might too. I guess in his little bubble artists look like van Gogh, missing an ear maybe? If it hadn't been so dark in the room he'd have seen the paint all up and down my arms that seriously soap is not getting off. And the fingernails, well I know you feel my pain on that!
Well, I am off to run and cleanse my head. I've got the punch list for the week before the Dunwoody Show! Hope to see many of you there this weekend with all the other thriving ARTISTS! Woohoo!!