That’s how I feel today, the first of November, like I can finally sit back and take a breath.
It has been crazy quiet here on the blog this year and in most other aspects of my life as well. No trips, no visitors, no going off with friends or long talks on the phone, not many dates with the husband – the reason, an insane amount of work! But exciting work – it has been a thrilling if stressful 11 months and with the work finally finished I’m coming up for air.
Ever since I started in mosaics I knew it was what I wanted to do full time if I could, it took me a long while to get brave enough to put my art out there in the world and about 1 year ago I started applying to juried shows. It was very fortunate that at the end of last year I received notice of acceptance to a dual show with another artist (this past spring’s Duplexity) but also a solo show for this coming November / December.
The gallery for my upcoming solo show is a beautiful space with a lot of walls to cover. Both shows were going to be a huge undertaking, not only with planning what to go in them but also execution. Mosaics are a slower process than other kinds of art – at least for me – and materials (the kind I use) not readily available at local art stores. But since mid-December last year till October this year, I managed to create 26 new works and really flesh out 2 series ideas that I’d had for quite some time.
I loved working so intensely every day. There were moments of frustration – as there always are – and it was stressful for sure, but I would do it all again in heartbeat. It could have gone either way, it might have totally burned me out on mosaics and creating art, but it didn’t – instead it makes me yearn to do more. There are too many ideas in my head now, too much work that I want to do, too many designs created but not yet made. My husband keeps telling me that I need to take a break now and just relax and do nothing for awhile, but think that will be very hard. I liked the work, liked the crazy pace, liked having the really big goal and really liked seeing it all come together and come to life.
It also was a super learning experience. I learned all about putting shows together, the marketing, how to hang things, etc.. I re-branded myself and created a new website focusing just on my art – with my jewelry becoming a separate entity. I had failures happen during the year with some of the projects, but couldn’t wallow and had to find a solution quickly as there was no time to waste. As a result my work is better. My sculpture structures stronger, my techniques improved. The husband helps me frame things and set them up, he’s developed faster better techniques for doing that too!
As a major bonus to all this – I was recently accepted into 2 group shows in addition to my solo show. This means during the month of November my work will be in 3 galleries at the same time! Don’t know if this will ever happen again so I am relishing in this very awesome feeling right now.
I’m so grateful for these opportunities. Every single day, I say a mental thank you to the universe for allowing this to happen and allowing me to be in the position to do it with a family that is supportive. Hope very much that more opportunities will come.
Will be writing more here on the blog now that time allows and catching up with reading your blogs as well. 😀
Not showing any completed bits of my new work today, just snippets. You’ll have to stay tuned, I’ll show it later this month after the show officially opens on November 22. 😀