Last weekend, wasn’t my proudest moment on this planet. A large-scale drawing with a 60-hour time investment was obliterated in a matter of seconds. Watching the slow motion event captured my full attention. Who was behind the destruction?
Tule. The cutest 11-month golden retriever puppy ever.
I had placed the drawing on a bed in a spare bedroom one evening and closed the door. The next morning, while entering the room didn’t realize a 70 pound “shadow” behind me. Tule jumped on the bed and danced with his sharp nails all over the artwork.
Screamed and had a temper tantrum (TT). All that time gone in a moment. My hands were sore and cut up from working. It was too painful of a thought to have to start all over again. However, this is the life of being an artist. In case you didn’t read the fine print: always add extra time for unforeseen circumstances.
This isn’t the first event to result in unintentional artwork destruction. Imagine a framed artwork tied on top of a vehicle: my husband thought it would be a good idea (eye roll) to save money instead of hiring a service. Unfortunately, the 5×7 foot painting flew off into the road and exploded into pieces. Today, only professionals handle large-scaled artworks for safe delivery.
Always had a studio mate and/or family member of the four-legged variety. In my West Oakland studio, Trout (a.k.a. Trouble) scared off potential robbers, hunted up big rats, organized socks, and predicted earthquakes. I had trained him in my studio to “no” zones and he listened.
Looking back, I can’t help smile cautiously. This is part of the learning process. Lesson learned: don’t leave art on a surface in which any creature can jump on. In addition, laugh at one’s imperfections and breathe. Instead of future TT’s, I’ll work on creating an environment of tranquil temperament.