Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Two Engineers and an Artist" --- Sold

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After being full time in art for a month. I have been called back by my engineering company for an emergency. I will work here for a week. I may not paint much at this time. Sitting at my cube and turning on my old computer, I felt really odd. It seems I came back from the future by a time machine. For engineering, I entered this field so naively. I thought I could build a career here. I thought I would create something to make the world a better place. So I have invested so many years of my life getting educated to the highest level, and I have been a very good engineer. However after many years of hard work, I have learned. I feel disappointed about the corporation culture. I am wondering how many people in industries are really interested in making the world a better place. It is so ironic. Now I feel more that the world was used to be a better place. Looking at the people around me, busy and “working”. I better not disturb “the sound of silence”.

13 comments:

Carol Flatt said...

All I know for sure is that you ARE making the world a better place through your art. Your paintings and words have touched me and many others over the months. I think that's a pretty wonderful thing.

MaryAnn Cleary said...

Your paintings are fabulous. I, too, can relate to your feelings of being an engineer versus artist. I worked in the technical field for twenty years as a process engineer and tech service engineer. After a two year assignment in China, I came home to no job and early retirement. A blessing. You are so fortunate to be able to do what you love at a younger age. Beautiful work.

Kirk Witmer said...

Qiang, I am so sorry to hear that you have been drafted back into the corporate world, even if it is only for a short time. But look on the bright side. If they have called upon you, you get to name your own price and I hope you are charging them at a premium rate, because they are depriving the world of your art, in exchange for their corporate gain.

Susan Sorensen said...

Thanks for making the world a better place with your art.

Vikki Bouffard said...

Qiang, I appreciate you sharing your personal thoughts about your painting and how you fit into the world. Your sensitivity is, I think, key to your being such a wonderful artist.

Vikki Bouffard
vikkibouffard.blogspot.com

Julie Messerschmidt said...

What a profound comment about today's world. Your paintings certainly make my world brighter. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, feelings and struggles as you find your true self as an artist.

MeeLi Lee said...

Qiang, you are definitely making our world a better place through your writing and your paintings. You have mine!

Ann Rogers said...

In this painting "Two Engineers and An Artist" I notice that the "artist" is the brightest of the bunch!

Johan Derycke said...

I was fired from my job at the beginning of the month, along with my colleagues, as our whole dept was moved to another continent.

My painting skills aren't good enough to make a living of them (yet), but man do I have issues with having to prove some company to hire me. As a result, I'd prefer working for a medical company, since they make things that help people.

I really do understand your disappointment, and you've done so well at honing your painting skills, you deserve a spot outside the corporate world.

In fact, since I recently found your blog, you've really motivated me by showing that consistent practice can open a lot of doors!
So thanks for that, Sir.

Connie Nobbe said...

I was a graphic design major in college 25 years ago. When I got out and got married, I could barely make enough money to live in a tiny shack and pay daycare, and it was a huge financial decision to even buy a set of colored pencils. So I went back to school to pursue a different career to make more money.

As a result of that, I now make enough money to purchase art supplies, take workshops, and live in a bigger house where I can convert the 4th bedroom into a studio.

Unfortunately, for some of us, the higher paying, less enjoyable job is what is necessary to support (our families and) our creative pursuits.

I bet you made the world a better place, even in your engineering job. Anyone with good intentions, who endeavors to produce quality work at their job, is a blessing to others. Nurses, engineers, cleaning ladies, waitresses, CEOs, factory workers...all are important and lace together to make good stuff happen.

You may have just spent a week "rescuing" that company, but indirectly, you may have just prevented a huge revenue loss, which in turn may have saved someone else from being layed off.

You are a blessing everyday, no matter which career you are pouring your heart into.

There's my philosophical thought for today. :)

Всеволод said...

Excellent! Naturally the one who consciously engaged in painting nurtures a philosopher

Nataša Vretenar said...

I am sure you have contributed a great deal as an engineer too - it is just so much harder to see the immediate impact on the world when you are engineer.

dyane said...

I left being a doctor, then teacher, both are supposedly so altruistic but helping others is actually pretty hard to pin down, it's actually very hard to do in a big way. I think I have been helped most by brief friendly encounters that could happen anywhere.