I'm home! Do I still remember how to write a blog post? I guess I do. Today I have the opposite problem I usually have when I sit down to write. There are too many topics rattling around in my brain and all my reference photos have yet to make the journey from camera to computer.
I plan a series of posts about the highlights of my two week trip to New York, Springfield, Boston, and points in between here and there, but it will be awhile before they are composed because my immediate life dictates time in the studio. I an off to Banff, Alberta for CARFAC's National Conference of Visual Artists on May 12 and then to Kelowna, British Columbia to visit friends before returning home on May 23 .
With just one week in between my two trips I have a short window of opportunity to do all those last minute things to get my work delivered to the gallery on May 25. My heart is beating a little faster these days. I haven't felt this time crunch and the resulting body stress since I left my full time job as a school board consultant nine years ago.
Today I have to revise my artist statement, write a draft press release (this takes me days) and begin to consider titles for 11 works. Then there's repainting the sides of all my cradled panels and varnishing eleven pieces, wiring backs, signing work, and sighing many times as the days progress.
For the regular readers of my blog.... I was very excited to meet Kathy Cartwright and Carolyn Abrams at the Clark Museum during my trip . My friend Carol drove for two hours so I could have this experience. For that I am very grateful. Reading blogs gives you a good idea of what people are like as individuals. I was not disappointed in meeting Kathy and it was also great to meet Carolyn and talk about her independent study with Kathy. When Kathy posted about our meeting, I had a great chuckle at the photo of me. Tip: never stand in front of a beige wall for a photo if you have white hair. I was the great disappearing act and certainly not the center of interest in the photo!