I’m launching a kickstarter today! I know, it all seems so sudden. I was recently accepted into an art show in Albuquerque. It’s at the end of June! In between fits of excitement that included bad dancing, sleepless nights, and a whole lot of crazy looking pseudo cheerleader moves I realized I didn’t have a professional way to display my paintings.
Displaying paintings is not an easy task. My last attempt to display them at the Harvest Festival on a wooden frame with plastic sleeves and Velcro got the job done, but it didn’t exactly scream, “My professional art career has begun!” This art show in June is more serious. I had to be accepted. I couldn’t just show up yelling, “Surprise!” like I usually do. This art show has rules and high expectations when it comes to art presentation.
After extensive research I decided I needed to invest in some Pro Panel art displays. The panels snap together in various configurations which seemed ideal for my situation. They also break down and can fit into a car which is another major priority for my business. Unfortunately they cost and arm and a leg, but on the bright side, I only need to purchase them once!
This is where Kickstarter comes in! I need some help to go pro…or at least to look like a pro. I’ll still be my practical, goofy self underneath all of the discreet black and very proper display items. I promise.
If you love art and trees and want to help a mom, turned blogger, turned mom-artist-blogger take her art business to the next level please check out my Kickstarter and share it with your friends, your family, and even random people who knock on your door. I am trying to get the word out in the hopes that I meet my goal and head to Albuquerque looking posh! Yes, I am totally going to have the Spice Girls stuck in my head for the rest of the day. If you do too I apologize in advance.
I’m tree obsessed for this challenge. I’m just a tree painting fool. I missed posting yesterday. I painted, but I didn’t write my blog post. I don’t know what happened. I think I just got tired by the time I had an opportunity to sit down and type so I did some art journaling instead. Turning on the computer, fighting with my sketchy internet connection, and putting words to virtual paper just seemed like too much work.
I don’t know about you, but by the time 8pm rolls around my brain starts to shut down. I am ready for the work day to end. I just want to relax and not have to think too much about anything important. Getting Tiny-Small to bed is always a busy and tiring process. Some nights I am just plain exhausted.
I’m not only painting every day in January, but writing too. I love to write, but sometimes I just don’t have anything important to say. I am in awe of people who blog daily and never seem to be at a loss for words. How do they always have a topic to write about? Writing each day and being relevant and smart, or witty and emotionally connected, has to be more difficult than painting daily. My days sometimes run together and I don’t have anything interesting happen or any good blog fodder. I envy people who seem to have an endless supply of experiences to write about. Actually, maybe I don’t. Sometimes a good, boring day is better than one filled with high drama. I have to be careful about what I wish for, right? Enjoy the ordinary days more when they happen. Trouble will find us soon enough!
The only thing I have to say today is that I am starting to feel the time crunch. As I attempt to write and paint daily I am also trying to get some heart jewelry made and listed in my Etsy shop before Valentine’s Day, prepare for a small jewelry sales event I am doing in about a week, get our tax information together for the accountant, photograph work for two juried shows I am entering in 2015, and of course all of the regular home and childcare stuff that I usually do. In the middle of these new adventures Tiny-Small sprayed water on my Macbook and it’s no longer working (she was trying to help me clean up). It was terrible timing because I rely on my Macbook to get my work done. The good thing is I do have everything backed up on an external hard drive.I just have to save up for a new Mac! In the meantime I am scurrying to retake photos and relearn how to use Windows. Luckily we have a backup computer thanks to Jim planning ahead!
Anyway, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed for a few days now. When I get overwhelmed I do a lot of list making and also spend too much time staring into space like a deer caught in the headlights. My brain is trying to remember too many things at the same time. The lists help, but priorities can get a little squirrely. With deadlines looming it can be difficult to decide which to-do item is most important. I’m also trying to consciously make special time for Tiny-Small because with all the things I am trying to do I don’t want her to feel like she is getting lost in the shuffle. It’s all about finding some type of balance and that is never easy!
There are times when I think about giving up on blogging and painting because I want to have more control over my time and less things to worry about. I imagine I would do a better job keeping up on the housework, preparing meals, and teaching Tiny-Small important things. House management and parenting is certainly more than enough to keep me busy. These moments always pass. I really find housework boring and I definitely need something outside of taking care of other people to feel satisfied about my life. I’ve come to recognize these moments as growing pains. It takes some time to adjust to new or bigger demands. As my businesses progresses there are new opportunities and new stressors (even good stresses are still stress) that stretch us in new directions. It’s easy to want to quit when it gets difficult and go back to what we know instead of forging ahead into unknown territory. So far I have chosen to keep moving forward despite the overwhelm and struggle. I know next week I’ll cross some major things off my list and get some relief from the pressure. It’s all part of the ebb and flow! Recognizing that is an important step in resiliency.
I hope you do something creative this Saturday or get outside among the trees!
I’m feeling all a glow today. I think that’s being reflected in my tree painting. I really love the way the alcohol inks look in this painting. It feels lit from within. I don’t, however, love the composition. My eyes want to see the top of the tree and having it sliced in half like it is feels a little frustrating.
Some paintings are paintings you want to stand proudly next to and some paintings are a learning experience. This one was the latter. I love the colors and the movement, but I think it would have been much more successful if I had spent more time thinking about the composition.
When you paint every day, you aren’t always going to create a masterpiece! That’s OK. Sometimes we have days where the goal is to develop a new skill or gain a new perspective. Don’t get discouraged if you go through periods of creating that seem to be more about learning skills than creating masterpieces. This is all part of the process and part of the big picture.
Now that I have reached day 20 of the challenge I am starting to feel fatigued. This usually happens at some point in the middle. By day 20 the late nights or early mornings start to catch up with you. The house is getting more cluttered and messy than usual. Your family wants your attention and there are usually a few kinks in your schedule that have set you back. Yesterday we went to El Paso to do some shopping and spent almost the entire day there. We got home after midnight last night! We’re all a little more tired than usual today. A day away from home is always fun, but it also puts me behind on all of things I need to do. Right now I have a pile of dishes to wash, a few loads of laundry to fold, and heart jewelry I desparatly need to make before February! I’m starting to feel some time pressure that will likely escalate between now and the end of the month. It’s never easy to get this whole life balance thing right, is it?
The good thing is these are easy problems to have. I mean, I can’t really complain that I have too much art to make, or too many dishes to wash, or too many people to love. I’m pretty fortunate. I do, however, sometimes wish there were more hours in a day! I could use just a few extra hours to get more things done.