Monday, July 30, 2007

Big Fish, Little Fish

© Kathleen Rietz
This is what the life of a freelance artist feels like sometimes. I feel like this little blue fish. The big fish with the big teeth represents my mortgage.
Another childhood drawing I did when I was 4. Enjoy...

26 comments:

  1. Ha! The little fish looks so free and happy...
    Cute!

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  2. I relate to this! Yer lucky to have all your old drawings!

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  3. My drawing would be of just the little fish in the big empty ocean wondering which way to go to find the coral reef! :)

    Thanks for your comments on my food blog, I hope to move around a bit and review restaurants outside of Seattle. Last year I ate at amazing places in Chicago, my dimly lit photos and my ex-girlfrinds great food writing can be seen at:
    http://thefoodieandthefeast.blogspot.com/

    The food scene in Chicago is much more daring and experimental than here in Seattle, but Seattle seems to have a great focus on freshness and easy access to great seafood and produce as well as plenty of ethnic diversity, at least in the Asian spectrum, which I love. Take care!

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  4. sometimes i'm glad i rent.

    i think it's cool that you still have work from your childhood!

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  5. Aaah! but, it also feels that way in an agency. The big fish is the dumb boss who got all his promotions by kissing booty... and if you don't return the favor in kind, he'll eat you up and spit you out. The grass is always greener... :)

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  6. Yes, I know....greener grass. Really, I consider myself fortunate that I really am doing what I love to do for a living. But with all of the insane outsourcing this country now does, it is so much harder to live as a freelancer here. And it takes a certain personality type....I would not recommend it for most people because you have to be content living always within your means and a fluctuating yearly income and there is absolutely NO job security, but...I LOVE IT! There are things I wish I had....paid vacations (I have had one "vacation" in 18 years, and that was in 2000 with a friend who had an extra ticket) and my lousy health insurance is atrocious and I use coupons for everything and buy my clothes at discount stores....or I go without. But you know what? It still beats going to an office and trying to fit where I don't fit, hating my boss, and having no sense of satisfaction in my work. There is no ideal job out there. But I do think it is important to be as happy as you can in your job.

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  7. Oh, and I just wish my clients would PAY ME ON TIME!!!

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  8. a little butter, some lemon, and a frying pan will take care of everything.

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  9. Thanks Ian. BTW, your pigrate tasted mighty good alongside my scrambled eggs yesterday. Here piggy piggy.

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  10. Awwww! I feel small alot of time for many different reason's. You are not alone girl. Wonderful childhood drawing! Thanks for sharing it with us! *HUGS*

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  11. Kathleen! i am jealous of you, you kept all your childhood drawings! I wish I could find at least one childhood drawing of mine *sigh".

    Anyway, great childhood drawing! Hope to see more!

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  12. Thanks Emila, but it was my mom who kept all of these drawings for me. She is the reason I am an artist today.

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  13. So cute and filled with adult realities. I think it's so cool you still have drawings from such a young age. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. ah even when you were young you already knew what life would be as an illustrator artist

    but you do such good work!

    stay in there!

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  15. I love to see childhood drawings... and then when I see the work you do today, it's great to see how much one grows with time and practice and hard work. You are an amazing artist, and brave too, for I am sure it is tough to be a freelance artist, but you are also quite an inspiration!

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  16. Did you ever see Finding Nemo--the part at the end, when the credits are scrolling down, and the little fish pulls a big, surprise chomp on the much larger fish? That's how I'd love to be able to approach my rent and expenses, and every time I try, some new expense seems to magically appear. Such is life I guess, and I wish you the best! Anyhow, love the drawing Kate!

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  17. Hi Kate,

    I love this drawing. Children's drawings are so free of everything we 'learn' in later years.

    Moving is quite an adventure. I have moved a lot before coming to this apartment, where I stayed three years, the longest time in one place since I moved out of my childhood home. Vincent and I shared some happy and some difficult moments here, so it's a little bit sad to leave the place.
    But we are moving to the country in the south-east of France. My father bought a winery there and Vincent is going to take care of it. So we are really excited about that. But it also seems absolutely unreal. In two weeks time we will change life completely. I still can't imagine the moment when we will actually arrive there.

    I hope you are doing fine. When is your teaching job going to start ?

    Take care.

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  18. In future I'll save my children's drawings lol

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  19. HA HA I think mine is much bigger he he he.....
    Nice that you have all those old drawings!

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  20. Yep, lots of big fish in my life too, taking a bite out of my bank account without enough to go around. I feel your pain about freelancing, and agree with you that it beats working for someone in an office that I'd feel like running out of. I need fresh air and freedom. Now the money part...ugh. That's tough. One week I made $2.50 because I sold one lousy card!!
    Thanks to your mom for saving your art and encouraging you. She's the best!!

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  21. OMG that's exactly how i feel sometimes....no, all the time actually. :) although the little fish kinda like a little turtle to me.. :)

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  22. Love your childhood drawings! :-)

    And it's better to be the underdog. xo

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  23. that's so sweet, I wonder what you were thinking when you drew it?

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  24. Oh my gosh! This is so much like what I posted on Illustration Friday that I can't help but think I must have stolen the idea from you... well, from four-year-old you. This is the coolest! I love your blog. Thanks for the comment on mine.

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