Feels pretty good, so far. Mellow, peaceful.
This last year was pretty much an exercise in persistent pursuit of the dream:
Found the ultimate art studio in February (seriously--southern sunshine, 14' ceilings,
cement floors that won't mind a lot of water and my own sink,
all in a nearly completely* refurbished art center close to home)!
Spent more time than I can say finally writing my artist's statement,
putting together a fresh portfolio, filling out applications,
working out lease legalese and then waiting.
Any day now the place will be ready and a small herd of artists will begin the stampede.
Meanwhile, I remind myself of its many charms. Goddess give me patience!
Other highlights of the past year:
Took an anatomical drawing class from an amazing instructor but felt no affinity for it.
After a lot of frustration, decided to put it to the side for awhile.
I'll try again when I have more motivation to help me get past the deep sense of panic
that comes from seeing muddled ugliness emerge from a pencil.
Drove home to DC from Chicago in August with a truck full of more papermaking goodies:
An unusual vat apparatus, gobs of lovely moulds & deckles, books and glorious fiber.
Gave my equipment some exercise:
Demonstrated papermaking at the National Arboretum this fall--what a hoot!
Great participation by adults and children alike. Got invitations to future events as well.
Gathered a lot of natural fibers for the first time.
Milkweed & Dogbane (inner bark & seed floss), Mulberry, Iris, Yucca & Hibiscus.
Got me thinking about cultivating my own plants, talking with community gardens,
researching the fiber-producing plants used in various cultures.
Worked with my husband to produce a website for the theoretical studio
(I came up with some visuals and concepts, he did all the rest.
Took him less than a day, I might add!
Still very basic, but it has room to grow, and it's not terribly cheesy). www.milkweedpaper.com/
What else? Learned great watermark techniques, attended the Bi-annual Book Art Fair
and gathered friends and inspiration galore.
The lunar project progresses apace. Very happy with where it's going.
The rest of 'em have gotten a bit of tinkering done.
This next year I just want that studio
and a successful string of classes taught by yours truly. Everything else is bonus.