I'm really enjoying having so much time to focus on creating art and finding places to show it. I wake up in the morning ready and raring to go (quite a change for me, as people who know me will attest to!), full of things I want to do all day. I feel completely focused almost all the time whether I'm painting, blogging, writing emails, advertising my classes, setting up exhibitions, writing my book, or whatever else has arisen to do. Each day is new and different and exciting and full of joy.
Today, for example, I had an 8 AM appointment with Larkin Garbee, the owner of James River Tile. Larkin saw Sacred Flesh and immediately started thinking about how she could help others see it too. She has invited me to hang it at her company's showroom (a very cool place with amazing tiles all over the walls - check it out!) and is planning a black tie dinner for Valentine's Day, to be entitled Love Your Body, to showcase it. We met today so I could see her space and to discuss more details of the dinner. It's amazing to collaborate with others about things - so many great ideas get generated, ones I never could have come up with on my own!
After meeting with Larkin, I went and took down an exhibit I'd had at the Central Virginia Legal Aid building. They had asked for an artist to show his/her work there to help brighten up their offices, so I put some of my fruits there in June. I'm glad to have gotten them back home - Larkin would like me to show those at her place too.
At 10, I went to Johnston Willis Hospital to meet with a woman about having my students have an art show in their cafeteria. They have a beautiful space which was carefully designed for art displays and are looking for folks to show there. One of my students works there and told me about the opportunity. I've arranged for them to show in April. I think it'll be very exciting - it'll be a juried show with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons. For many of the students, it will be their first opportunity to show their work in public! We're planning to have a small reception in their honor as well.
After meeting at the hospital, I came back home and did some office work - emails, etc., then finally got into the studio at 1:30. I spent the afternoon painting the small 6"x6" canvases to go around Don't Mess with Me. I have finished 15 of them, I think - 5 more to go! It's quite a process! Today I painted some garlic, a seashell, a wooden puzzle, and finished an apple and some broccoli from yesterday. Unfortunately I can't show you how they look yet because my camera is at the shop for repairs. Hopefully I'll hear tomorrow what's up with it and how much it'll cost to fix.
This evening I've spent more time painting the small canvases, printing up tags for a show, sending my resume and artist statement and list of pieces out to the curator for a show. In a few minutes I have to go organize the pieces for that show so I can take them to be hung tomorrow. It's a lot of work keeping track of all this, but it's so much fun!
While I'm working out in the studio, Chris has been in the wood shop the last few weeks working on a very elaborate frame for Don't Mess with Me. It has one 18" opening plus 20 6" openings surrounding the central one. He thought he was almost finished, but when he went to put it together, he found things didn't fit right. He said he's learned a lot from his first attempt and will be able to do it more quickly this time around. I would be so frustrated I would screech with fury, but he is so patient and persistent, he seems OK with starting all over from scratch. Good thing it's him and not me! I feel incredibly blessed to have his support and help in my art. I couldn't do it all without him. He is an amazing man and a real blessing.