I am beginning to think that the ancient Greeks/Romans/Celts/Norseman or any other early civilization that blamed things on the gods had good reasons. I think these gods still exist and are especially employed to pick on the lowly artist in his/her basement.
First this whole economic downturn thing: Totally created to affect my sales and weaken my resolve to continue painting.. ( OK a few billion other people are affected too, but it was aimed at me).
Then whoever the god is that oversees computers. I hope we meet in Hades. First they give us a place to store our images and records, then they entice us into the world of blogging and finally they create sirens to lure us into listening to music on the web. ( you think naming the company Pandora was a coincidence?).
Then they take it all away.
Oh, I know what you are thinking. Just go to another computer. But you can't fool the gods! Noooo. They play with your mind. They make you think the second computer is safe and working just fine. Then little by little they eat away at its ability to connect with remote devices and the programs you need begin to disappear. You are left in a nether world of black screens and blinking cursors. They even make it so your backup drive isn't formatted to reconnect to your newly purchased .... third computer.
My third and final tirade is to commiserate with the poor guy these gods had pushing a boulder up a mountain all day only to have it roll down again just as he neared the summit ... he did this for eternity. That was just a warm up for these art gods.. They gave me the task of painting peonies. As soon as I get close, I am forced to repaint them. over and over and over... until she who must not be named steps in and ends my misery.
I've come out of hiding now that we have a fourth computer. I don't consider myself to be a superstitious artist but I did rearrange the studio to face west and I did pour a circle of turpentine around the easel and I only clean my brushes on Sundays.