November and December brought a focus on the big Christmas season with commissions, gallery show and Christkndlmrkt, which always means making jewelry! A huge thank you if you became a new owner of one of my pieces.
And then 2018 came! I decided to make a little shift of my energy to build up some classes. I have many people reach out and ask when visiting my studio if I teach. My children are growing up which allows me to be more available for evenings and after school. And a few other teaching opportunities found their way to me, so it seemed as if the universe was telling me “get teaching, girl!”. I have a decent class schedule going now of watercolor, mixed media and drawing and painting. I am still developing a few more and I will be teaching summer camps at the Banana Factory for 2018.
I have had some interesting conversations with my students about the benefit of taking classes vs watching youtube videos or other online courses. I will share those in another post coming soon.
Now that classes are set, my next focus is to build my jewelry line. Stay tuned, I am researching and learning some new things with the hopes to make them even better for you!
And then there’s my studio work…. I have never thought of myself as working in series, but I recently recognized that I think I actually work in “stages” or “periods” (?). I am still contemplating this but have been feeling a big pull towards exploring sculpture again. I have a lot of projects working themselves out in my mind.
I think we live in such a product-based society that these hours of thinking, contemplating, processing, absorbing are not valued. But I know that they are crucial to my growth as an artist. They always lead to growth in my work.