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Monday, June 27, 2011

Productivity Every Day

It doesn't matter that I didn't do anything "artful" today (does creating marketing materials count?  It requires design elements and layout skills!)  I had a productive day.  I wrote two articles and the start of a third that are due by July 1st.  One is for ATCs Quarterly Fall Edition.  The second is for "Heart of Ohio" Magazine's Fall Edition.  And the third is for "Fired Arts & Crafts" September issue. (Speaking of which, I will be writing one article a month for the remainder of 2011 for Fired Arts & Crafts--and more to come in 2012.)

I posted advertising about the Children's Art Camp July 11 - 15, 2011.  I created new fliers to put out for Friday's Open Studio night.  I posted advertising AND made new fliers for the Tuesday Night Art Socials.

I set up new displays with the new slumped wine bottle that are enamel and airbrush painted (they look cool--I'll post pictures later).  And I updated my website some.

So the point here is that not EVERYTHING is going to be a priceless work of art (although I saw on Howard Finster's official website that they are even selling the RAGS that he used when he painted--they are beautiful and interesting and they framed them). Sometimes, it is just about being productive every day, whether it is a little task or a lot of them.  In building a career as a full time artist, it requires energy every day, focus every day and showing up...I showed up today.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What's Next?

Recovering from the successful opening of my solo art show "Recycled + Repurposed = Reincarnated" at the Oxford Community Art Center which stays on exhibit through August 5th, 2011.  Got a very nice write up in the Oxford Press.

This week I've had a hard time getting motivated.  I'm STILL trying to consolidate five studios into one and it is a very exhausting job.  Plus, I need more shelving.  Or I need to let go of some of the stuff I have to make room for everything.  It's tough to do...I always think "I'm gonna use that" but sometimes it takes years before I do and sometimes, NEVER use but can't get rid of it.

Yesterday I worked on some bottle cap jewelry--its not done.  Today I have to finish the two collaborative paintings that were started at Oxford Art and Wine Affair a few weeks ago--just have a little clean up/detail work to pull the two together.  Also going to work again on the bottle cap jewelry. 

I find my self asking, "What's Next?"  And I don't have an answer.  But I do find myself missing working on glass and missing painting.  There are always more proposals for teaching and shows, etc. to do and that interrupt the flow of creating.  I find I create in stops and starts and I am trying to balance out the teaching with the creating and also to not get sucked into the "crafty" side versus the artful side.

What really inspires me?  How can I keep that sense of connectedness ALL THE TIME which is what I draw upon for my creative expression....

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Recycle + Repurposed = Reincarnated

You are invited to attend the opening reception of Recycled + Repurposed = Reincarnated art show at the Oxford Community Art Center, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford Oh, Friday, June 10th 6 - 10 p.m.  See artworks that are made from items that were destined for landfills and are recycled into fun, whimsical artwork.

See a great write up at
The show runs from June 10th through August 5th, 2011.  Would love to hear what you think.  Photos coming soon of items from the show.

Art Show Angst

The art show is mostly set up minus a small repair and a few corrected labels.  Overall, I think it is an interesting, fun, whimsical show.  Got a terrific write up in the Oxford Press which is a delight.  Spent the day in the gallery which was about 90 degrees (the A/C is still being installed and supposed to be mostly up and running by Friday)--oh I hope I hope or else it will be very short visits with a very sweaty, stinky artist.  Chrissy helped greatly in getting everything hung up and it looks pretty cool.  I spent a lot of time moving podiums around and trying to decide on the best arrangements.  I especially love the stainless steel ruler windchime that is out by the sign in book to catch peoples attention from the other end of the hallway.  I just hope the windchime stays together.  It actually sounds pretty cool....

Now that the show is going to open in two days, and mostly everything for it is done except for an email blast out tomorrow and some other social media stuff, I feel a ton of angst.  One, I'm nervous about how the show will be received--and whether or not the quality of my workmanship is good enough although I double and triple checked most things to be sure that items would be in good shape.  Two, I'm nervous about whether or not anything will sell.  I priced most everything very reasonably even though a part of me wanted to jack the prices up because it is an "art show" and you can't have "cheap" items at an art gallery--but I restrained my urge to do any price gouging and kept things within reasonable ranges in the hopes that many items will find new homes.  I don't want to just be an exhibitionist.  I want to be a fed artist.  I want to succeed.

And the other set of angst issues come from the "what's next" on the list to work on/towards.  I have a number of teaching and show proposals to put together, want to look for some public art venues, and need to see if I can find some sponsorship for the Oxford Murals and educational program.  And of course, I have to advertise for my art camp and classes, Tuesday Night socials, and other various social networking and internet related tasks--like updating my gallery on my website.

And then there are the projects that I want to work on.  Am hoping that when I check the mail, there will be a package with the kiln cement so I can fix the enameling kiln.  I'm ready to get rolling with some enameling.  I also have about a dozen slumped items I am going to do some airbrush painting on with enamels and I would really, really love a chance to do some painting. 

How sad that the Business of Art gets in the way of the Art. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Getting Ideas

Friday night was our Open Studios night at the Pendleton Art Center (1105 Central Avenue, Middletown OH, I'm in studio #117).  I'm known by my friends for having what they refer to as "Art A.D.D." because there are many mediums and techniques that I love to employ including fused and stained glass, collage with paper and collage and assemblage with found objects, glass enameling on metal, jewelry designs using my digital and painted artwork, painting with watercolor, tempera paint and acrylics....well, the list is a long one.  It sort of reminds me how it was when I worked in Corporate World.  I never was happy if I got stuck doing redundant tasks day in and day out.  I'm a smart cookie and I require a lot of intellectual stimulation....

That said, several sweet visitors were ooohing and ahhhhing over items in my display cases and on my shelves and walls.  We chatted about the classes I'm offering and the Tuesday Night Art Socials and then one of them said, "Where do you get all of your ideas."

This was a hard question to answer and I'm still not sure I gave her a sufficient answer and I'm not quite sure it is one that I really can explain.

Sometimes my ideas pop into my head while I'm driving.  Sometimes I am inspired by a flower or garden tableau.  Sometimes I'll read an article and see something that I think "oh, yeah. That's awesome.  I wonder if that technique would work with...."  Sometimes I don't get any sleep at all at night because I'm busy "doing art" in my dreams and when I wake up in the morning I know what my next project is going to be.  I guess technically, being a spiritual person (though not especially religious), I'd have to say that I am guided and inspired by The Divine Spark, All that Is, God, The Creator (I'm just "the Creator" no capital T)....sometimes I remember some project I did as a child in school or with my Camp Fire Girls group or at camp or....well, you see how it goes?  It's a challenge to figure out the epicenter of creativity.  All I know for sure is that EVERYONE has creative ideas.  Not everyone chooses to act upon them.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I feel like a "Busy, Backson" from Winnie the Pooh

Whew.
Whew Whew.
Whew Whew Whew.

This week has been a whirlwind.  I completed the items for the solo art show that opens June 10th at the Oxford Community Art Show from 5 to 9 and delivered most of them--have another load to take next week when we finish setting everything up.

I submitted 7 proposals for national workshops.

I cleaned up the certified disaster I call my studio after finishing the art pieces and had a successful first friday open studio evening tonight.  I feel like I am on the go, go, go all of the time but think that I've gotten a long way toward accomplishing my goals.  I'm a full time artist.  That's awesome.  I'm so busy with stuff that I have a back log of projects.  I have custom work that I'm excited to do and delivered two customized jobs to two happy customers this week.  I have a developing interest in my work and I'm excited to get going on some new projects and proposals.  And...I'm craving some time to paint.  Was invited to join the Plein Air group in Oxford.  Need to find out more information on it first though.

Whew.  This weekend is dedicated to family obligations. Katie graduates from high school and Wendy turns 50.  And have to try to help Judy not be too depressed as she will be thinking of Bruce and Timothy who passed away within six months of each other.  And of course, tomorrow I will be remembering the passing of my mother 26 (!!!) years ago.