I bought these flowers at the market right after Easter, and they are still blooming! Just had to share them!
Well, I had a recent spurt of creativity, but this week I'm attending to some more practical creations! Yesterday I finished up two hand made, double-sided OPEN flags for a local business. I used duck cloth, which is hard to manipulate, especially when appliquéing small letters on large surfaces, and they took all of my attention for a couple of days. But they were well worth the effort, since the owner was delighted and they are pretty cute! In my rush to deliver them, I forgot to take pictures, but will do so soon and you'll see what a marvelous business this is!!
I have a few custom orders I've been lagging on, including a cut paper picture for a good friend. (I haven't forgotten, Julie, promise!) Meanwhile, I urge my readers to go over to her blog, where you'll see some of Julie's very beautiful and inspiring paintings.
Also, I'm preparing for a couple of small exhibit opportunities. One is a wall in a children's art studio (fun!), the other is part of an event where a few artists from our collaborative will be showing and selling their work.
Now, here's an opportunity for me to say something as to how I feel about showing my work.
Frankly, I'm a coward.
Putting what I do on my blog seems like a private thing to me, even though it is the internet!! But here I feel like I'm sharing what I do with friends, and always receive very kind and positive comments.
But when I put my fabric and cut paper artwork in an exhibit with oil paintings, pastels and hand crafted jewelry, I always feel a bit less than. That is to say, I question my worth as a real artist. Does anyone else feel this way?
I have to say, I love doing what I do, and get a real kick out of bringing a tiny bit of joy to the world with my creations. I have drawn and painted in the past, but working with fabric, paper and other media really resonates with me. I have ideas for new directions I'd like to explore, but never seem to give myself time to develop them. I'm so inspired by people who try out all sorts of new art techniques and want to do that myself. I guess I'm giving myself a call to action here!
Thanks for reading my ramblings. I'd love to hear what you think!
Have a wonderful week!!