"Catching My Breath" Ltd. Edition of 25 I have been taking some time to catch my breath these last two weeks. I began putting together my gallery show, "Illusional Behavior", in June and got it hung on the walls at the Emerald Art Center the first week of August. I'm excited to say that it's been held over through the month of September.
This really does give me a chance to take some time and catch my breath before jumping into a new series or 2 as well as a couple of projects that I hope to begin before this confusing year ends.
I have had the honor and privilege of having 2 art shows this year and actually being there for receptions and not virtual receptions but real mask to mask receptions. I was able to meet new people and talk about my process and the story behind each piece. I listened to the feedback and watched as viewers took their time to explore the mystery of each piece of art I included in the show. I came home knowing that I was on the right path with my art. I came home knowing that after all the work I had put into creating 29 pieces of art in the last 18 months as well as the promoting, printing on the right sub-strait, pricing, making labels, prints and cards was well worth the time, energy and money.
It's now time to re-evaluate the business side of art making, set my priorities on projects and move forward with more gallery shows. There is always the caveat of how the pandemic may affect all of the above but I'm not one that can sit still for very long at all. I adapt and look for other opportunities and possibilities without having to settle for anything less than what I want to do and how I want to do it. I don't think there are any other options.
There's also that time of taking a deep breath and staying in a moment. Breathing in every nuance and exhaling away the worries as I walk barefoot in the summer lawn. I have been watching the crows fly from tree to tree and settle together on a branch and listening to them chatter about it all. I always enjoy going outside to look at the beauty of the full moon and knowing others are doing the same thing at that very moment. These are the things that help me slow down and catch my breath so I can begin the next project feeling inspired, rejuvenated and extremely grateful to have the opportunity to create art.
"Illusional Behavior" is currently showing at Emerald Art Center through September 24th at 500 Main St., Springfield, OR. "Catching My Breath" is available as a 12" x 12" print and is available. Please contact me for more info. All images are in Limited Edition of 25 and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.