affirmation—> I make the best use of my time
I often wonder where my time goes. Like most people you can never seem to find enough hours in a day. At the beginning of the year I chose “I make the best use of my time” as one of my affirmations so I would be more mindful of how I was spending it. I am presently in what Tina & I would call the “sanding mode” with my work. We coined this term after watching a KiKi Smith video in grad school where she mentioned that there is always something to do when you are an artist, so even if you don’t have ideas there is always “sanding or filing” to do (she was referring to her sculptures).
Although I am luckily not at a lack of ideas, I have forced myself to stop, assess and reflect on what I am doing with my work, realizing this is a necessary use of my time. It has been good to lay things out and see everything together as well as add the finishing touches to some projects. I made a list of all the seemingly little things I had to do and realized that they added up to quite a bit of time. Although some of those tasks are not quite as fun as painting they are necessary to complete my projects and my craftsmanship and presentation is something I take pride in.
I have been carefully painting the sides of my paintings (something I procrastinate on) matching colors just so, hand stamping them, sealing them with UV protection, wiring, signing, photographing & inventorying my work. Phew! Now that I wrote that down I can see where my time goes!
When I stepped back to look at everything I was able to see just how much I had accomplished. I am really feverish to share it with you and get some feedback. Some of this work will be on view this weekend at the Hartford Open Studios (my first time participating!). I am curious, anxious and somewhat nervous to see how my artwork will be received outside of the Westerly/Mystic area. I have also spent some time working on my display and thought I would give you a sneak peek at how I think it will look:
If you are in the area I would love to see you in Hartford! I will be there from 11-5 Saturday and Sunday at Artspace on the second floor along with my friend Joy. (Having her there makes me a little less nervous!)
Wish me luck!
Here are a few other places to see my work:
October 2011-March 2012
Oct.27- Nov. 26
Nov.2 5-8 pm
*2 day event
Nov. 12 & 13, 11am-5pm
*Opening Reception Nov. 3rd 6-8pm
Nov, 19th – Dec.24th
*Opening Reception, Nov.19th 7-10pm
with The Stonington Printmaker’s Society
*Opening Reception* Dec.10, 5-7pm
*demo: gelatin plate-Sarah Martin
dec.18th, 2011* 10am-12pm
*Gallery Open for Special Viewing Jan.22, 2012 * 10am-12pm
Holiday Fine Art & Gift Salon (I will have work in the main gallery as well as my first table for the Art & gift salon!)
Nov. 18-Dec. 29th
*Winter Art Gala
Nov.18, 6-8 pm
“Good Tidings, Great Art” 2-day event
Dec. 9 5-8pm