Thursday, July 25, 2013

Poppy Fire and Signing Out of Corporate America by Nancy Medina

Poppy Fire by Nancy Medina
16X12
Oil on Archival Panel
Poppy Fire is the newest daily painting in Flower Mound Studio, as I continue to navigate these new waters as a full-time artist and a former corporate employee.

Every now and then, I still wake up at 5am with a panic attack, thinking of the annual meeting in October (which I no longer have to attend), the quarterly Board of Directors reports (which I no longer have to compile), and the hours ahead sitting frozen in a chair, counting the hours until I can be back in my studio. Those sitting hours are over now, and I'm reminded of how much I loved my first job as a reporter, because it meant I was never sitting at a desk for more than an hour at a stretch. We had a big white board in the main office of the newspaper where the reporters would Sign Out. City Council Meeting, fire chief interview, special election coverage, and quite a collection of assignments filled each square of the board, depending on what I was covering that day.

It's official now, I've signed out of corporate America. I'm not sure I could ever hold a desk job again, now that I've tasted this freedom again. I know how fortunate I am to have this opportunity, and I don't take it for granted. Working until midnight has never more enjoyable, than now - I have a canvas covered with color at the end of the work day!



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