What a wild and WET Springtime so far...even for Oregon! The TV show, Portlandia, captures the sentiment of life in the Pacific Northwest perfectly...when the sun makes a brief appearance...everyone runs outside to stand in it, and I am no different.
But, it's good solid time in the studio and I am enjoying my productivity.
Of course painting is always the most fun...planning and creating. Yet I set aside a day weekly for the busyness of paperwork, working with inventory, and making contacts to grow my business.
In my early years as an artist, I really never gave much thought to the above...I simply painted. As I have grown, I now am emerging into the community of artists, critiques, exhibitions, competition, collectors, marketing, and sales. Some of these areas have challenged me greatly and others, like creating and maintaining my website and monthly Blog, delights me while documenting my progress and understanding of this new world. I am opening myself to experience it all and take little steps daily towards my goals.
This month I achieved my first large goal of opening the studio and gallery to family and friends. I had prepared for nearly a year with only my vision to guide me. I wished to show them WHO I AM now...a visual artist...a watercolor painter.
It wasn't necessary to reveal the art tasks of spreadsheets, supplies lists, volunteer times at shows, and the multitudes of marketing options...all to put myself out into the art world.
But it's who I am now, and what I do...mostly with a smile.