Thursday, October 05, 2006
Lost In Spaces
Today was a total bust. My assistant was supposed to arrive at 9:30am, then take my van to do a series of urgent errands, pick-ups and deliveries in the city. I would usually allow four hours for it all in heavy traffic. I allowed about twice that time for her to get lost, look for parking, and have a couple of breaks. I had a full day of painting planned. Deadlines are looming. The whole point of having an assistant is to enable me to spend more time making art.Instead of a knock on the door at 9:30, I got a text message. The assistant wouldn't be in until midday, which turned into "sometime after midday" during a subsequent phone conversation. Maybe I have a tougher work ethic than most but somehow her excuse that she needed " just a little more sleep" because it was going to be "a big day" – her first big day after a week on the job – just didn't cut it with me. I fired her.Late this afternoon, I hired my second assistant. She starts in two weeks. That's soon enough. Right now, I just want to be alone and paint.