Today was to be a studio day. Alas Mother Nature and the school system had other ideas. We've 3-5 inches of the white stuff forecast so the powers-that-be decided today is a snow day. My little urchins will no doubt be thrilled. Me...well...another word comes to mind. Anyone care to hazard a guess at what it might be?
Toward the end of last year, I decided that 2014 was to be a year to focus and finish. (hmmm...2 f words and nice ones at that! Who knew?)
You see, I once was an artist who worked and sold seriously - professionally, you might say. That was with my weavings. Of course, it took years to get to that point, but still, I've been there and want to be there again.
I need to focus - both on the business side of art and on creating my art. In exploring various surface design techniques (which is just too much fun), I've come to realize that a large part of the joy, for me, comes from the process itself and can be quite addictive at times.
I'll work and work and finally stand back to realize that yards of
fabric have been produced. And then a little voice in my brain says, Just what are you going to do with all of this?
Of course, the same holds true for photos I take. At brunch yesterday, I took a photo of the empty tables beside us. The sunlight was having a wonderful time creating shadows and reflections among the simple arrangement.
After showing my husband the shot, he said that I should be stock photographer. Hmm...perhaps. Or perhaps I'll explore Blurb and see what happens there.
Another venue for focus is to open an Etsy shop. It's in the works and will open this month. There's the matter of a 7th birthday party to finish planning and prepping before that happens though.
And then there's a web site that needs creating. Not from scratch. Haven't the time nor the inclination nor the know-how. I quite like the platform that Christine and Lotta used called Squarespace.
That brings us to finish. At the 3rd Annual Artist Retreat, all the rusted fabrics from that winter's rusting season were shipped to Pam's. The goal was to come away with ideas for at least 5 pieces. Instead, the number was 17. How many have been completed? Zero. There are 2 that keep whispering to me and that I feel I am now capable of making.
Should I mention the mono prints from the 2nd annual artist retreat? Those are waiting too.
Stay tuned. 2014 is going to be interesting...and hopefully very productive.