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I hadn't realized that it's been almost 6 months since my last journal.
Yesterday, I celebrated and grieved my last day working in the Paperie at Katy's. A job that almost hit its 2 year mark in early June. There are many fantastic ladies that I will miss working with at the store. I've been told by the owner and manager if I ever wanted to come back, and jokingly if this other job doesn't work out, that I am welcome anytime
They even bought food and a cake. You can't help but laugh at their wish on the personalized cake-
(they even had it decorated in my favorite color!)
It meant a lot to me as I have become great friends with many, and I know I will miss working with them. The new job is more graphic design focused and orientated towards larger businesses which gets me out of the retail platform. Honestly, 3 years of retail has made me tired and lose motivation for creating art. Many will protest my claims to be a natural introvert due to my ability to work well with customers, but the constant socialization at work leaves me craving for solitude at home. I realize that it leaves me in a grumpy mood... i then lash out at my spouse and become upset when I can't get alone time and that is unfair to him. It's not his fault nor does he deserve that. I'm very emotionally intense and my feelings show long before my brain analyzes the way they are output.
My hope that this new job will allow me to work with 3 other designers in the back of a giant office/warehouse. Solitude with a close group working on designs and marketing materials- still a creative outlet but perhaps won't leave me socially exhausted and still give me time to work on my personal creativity.
I also have an art show I am preparing for in mid June. The art show and job interview struck in the same week, and I decided to jump on bother opportunities. The show in June will allow me to sell work and showcase work. I already have 13 pieces edited and ready for prints and a few pieces to finish. I still need to get buttons, business cards, prints, and frames for the show. I feel confident as I scouted the last show at the end of March for research in how other artists showed the work and how the art show processed. It helped alleviate some stress I had about how to execute the show and what to expect.
So far today, I have done a lot of cleaning and hope to exercise as well as continue working on a few pieces I want to finish before I start experimenting on home-made gifts to sell at the art show. It's a beautiful day, and I will enjoy the next 3 days off before starting my new job Monday.
Have a great spring and... summer! (If I don't update this for another 6 months
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