The delightful Kelly Rae recently posted on her blog that she wanted to share some of the stories and artwork that people, inspired by her Taking Flight book, frequently sent her. She generously went on to invite her readers to join in….and I did.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be featured. I thought I’d get lost in the shuffle of the masses of submissions she’d most likely recieve after her open call. I checked in with her blog this evening and her feature post was up. I was enjoying the truly wonderful submissions and stories when -WHOA! Hey that’s ME!
So, if you’ve got a moment go take a peek! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go pinch myself….OUCH!
That’s what the Bubs told me when we were chatting in my studio. He’d come in a few moments before and leaned on the back of my chair to peek over my shoulder at what I was painting. It was one of those slow days around the house. He had the day off from school and the Hubs had the day off from work. Some days we like to just chill out and enjoy being home …no major cleaning projects or grocery shopping treks.
For a child who’s used to a more structured day, chillin’ out at home can be a relief….for a little while and then they start expecting you to come up with some activity for them to do! I’m pretty sure that’s how the Bubs was feeling when he said that he wanted to paint like I was. He’d mentioned his interest in painting a couple times before and Poppi went out and got him a few canvasses to have fun with.
So he painted. It was fun to watch him- no fear, no hesitating or second guessing. We talked about how to use a paint brush and paint, what colors he wanted to use…and enjoyed being together. I know having that time with him is a memory I’ll treasure. I hope he’ll come to treasure it, too.
I attended my first artist’s and crafter’s guild meeting recently. I didn’t even know that we had such a thing in our local area and was delighted when I stumbled across an ad on our newspaper’s website.
The meeting was informative and the members were supportive and very open in giving advice and support. The president herself was like an excited little fairy with glasses….I loved it! I did notice, however, that there was a streak of no-nonsense steel underneath her fairy-like demeanor…loved that, too.
It was invigorating to be in the company of such creative ladies and gentleman. Some of them have been running their own creative businesses since the 70’s and others, like me, were complete newbies. There were photographers, farmers who make their own natural beauty/health products, crafters, jewelry makers and even artists who use found objects to make signs or home decor, knitters and the list goes on.
About 15 minutes into the meeting I made up my mind to join…y’know, when payday rolls around! They were organized, supportive and had access to a lot of different resources.
I did get pretty nervous when we went around the room and introduced ourselves and our artistic/crafty pursuits. Eek! Some people had brought samples of their art to pass around and were eager to explain their pursuits…they were quite eloquent, dang it. I felt a bit like an idiot after I gave my rather vague introduction, but I’ll just have to gird my loins and get better at talking about what I do. I’m going to be doing plenty of that when I start showing my work at shows/festivals, right?
What did I learn? Having a good product is paramount, advertise whenever possible (websites were mentioned a lot) and be passionate about your creations.
By the way, my sincere apologies for not posting a lot lately (baby, house business, chores -yuck). You were all in my thoughts…even on those days that I wasn’t able to hop on the computer!