Thursday, July 30, 2009

too hot even to blog

Yes, I'm a pacific northwest wuss, freely admitted, and I know other parts of the country have hearty souls who laugh at our weather here. But I'm a native northwest girl, and I am miserable in the 103 degree heat. Work is pretty much impossible, the paint dries before it hits the glass!

And the show... well, pretty much a disaster. I think it was too hot for people to even think about buying, judging by how few people (maybe 5%) were carrying shopping bags. So that's trouble for me. I hate to post that, but I am committed to writing about how it is for a self-employed artist living the glamorous life!

I can't take the lack of sales personally, as galleries keep selling out of my work, so I'm very grateful for that (I hate it when I decide I suck!) and there is no evidence to support that old belief. LOTS of customers were in my booth, admiring my work, but complaining it was simply too hot to make a decision. Bummer.

So as soon as my brain recovers from its melted state, I will figure out what to do next. Creativity is a requirement for survival, not just for the making of things.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Showtime!

Today we are setting up for the Bellevue Festival of the Arts. Knot in my stomach, as is usual before a show. If you are in the Seattle area, come by! I'll be in booth 47, across from Cost Plus. Lots of good work to see! Wish me luck.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Crazy Busy!

My wholesale orders were down after the big wholesale show at Philly last winter. So I committed to two retail shows in this period, back-to-back. I had NEVER anticipated the response to my work based on the low volume of orders and fear to spend money early this year. Now I have a great problem to have (too many orders/reorders to fill on time). It is very stressful, but I keep reminding myself it is a really, really great problem to have. So I practice gratefulness as I race against every tick of the clock to prepare as much work as possible. I hope the galleries can be a little patient with me. Had I known reorders would be coming so fast and furious at the beginning of the year I wouldn't have committed to these retail shows. But there you have it. Busy girl, me. The hive is buzzing! Thanks goodness for a great crew of worker-bees.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New!



this is the first of a new technique I'm playing with. I like it! I like the stitchery effect and the windows to the other side. I like the way it embraces the space inside.

What do you think?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

dangerous



After I sharpened all my pencils prior to doing some drawing on glass, I recoiled slightly from the whole collection of sharpness! Now to use them for their intended purpose.

Today and everyday in this phase: painting in the morning before it gets too hot and messes up the paint, then taping and drawing, working on photo-etch and images. Cutting and taping until 11 pm, and starting all over again at 7 am. Deadlines approach. Isn't it glamorous?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

in the moment

Preparing for 2 back-to-back retail shows is kicking my butt. SOOO much to do I have barely time to think, let alone write. New ideas are emerging however, as they always do right before a show when there is no time to develop them. But THIS time, I am plunging ahead with one of them, as best I can with the deadlines rolling in like a parade of tanks. I found my groove tonight, that groove where every cut of the knife is a meditation. THAT's what I've been missing, and I am pleased to have found it again. Interesting how pressure can knock me right off my center and firmly on my ass. But I'm fighting back! Great to have a hard working crew here. Really great.

And yoga is coming along. You know those tippy-dolls that are weighted on the bottom so you can't tip them over? Well, for the 5 weeks I've been taking yoga, I felt like my weighted spot was exactly opposite, and I tipped over in class at the slightest provocation. Tonight in class I balanced AND kept up with the movements pretty darn well. Felt good. Yoga is perfect for me right now. It's both challenging and gentle and is the perfect respite from working "too hard."