Begin with the End in Mind

Well that’s what a very clever person once told me when it came to disciplining my boys, so I’m using that wisdom to begin 2018 where I hope to finish it…. writing, sharing and making.
Yes, making
and more of it.

November last year was a turning point for me. I decided to move away from taking contract teaching positions and return to supply work. While the last 6 years at the same college has been amazing for me intellectually, the grind and demands of planning, reporting, marking, meetings, and that extreme variable “the adolescent temperament”, finally took its toll. I said goodbye to my job-share arrangement of the last 2 years and had a heart-to-heart conversation with myself (and maybe the husband) about what I really wanted to do and where I wanted to be in 5 years.

ARTIST

Doing it, sharing it, exhibiting it, BEING IT.

I essentially removed the safety net of a regular income to work exclusively on my art practice. I have savings and I will be very strict with the monthly stipend I put in my business account to work off, and I will also have the earnings from supply teaching, but the only constant “work” I will be doing is the ART.

Begin with the End in Mind
We went on a family holiday last week and I took a very limited supply case:

A6 ring-bound journal 60pages
glue stick
small scissors
Winsor & Newton 12 half-pan watercolour set
Pens – uniball Insight 0.7 black waterproof; Brush Pen No.22 black; Posca pen, white 0.7mm
Pencils – General’s charcoal white and Scribe-All black (neither performed well); Staedtler Mars Lumograph 6B in black and graphite; Stabilo All graphite
Refillable Waterbrushes – fine, medium and flat
Washi Tape x 2
sharpener

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It all fit neatly in a regular pencil case (I made this one 6 years ago for teaching) and the waterbrushes made watercolouring super quick. I also brought along 2 magazines from my aging stash — Flow and Peppermint. The both have great pics and graphics that I could rip up and use in my collages.

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Each day I squeezed out time from the beach to do a simple collage. It wasn’t as easy as I thought and I wanted to try new things with limited materials and limited time and see what happened. Some were good, and some…well, we call them “lessons”.

{For those who have followed me, I attempted this last year using a KikkiK 365 journal. It was going great until I hit those really flimsy pages with water media. I got frustrated and put it aside. Also, this time around, I’m NOT using a prompt list. I do find them more stressful than most people, so I’ll just be more random and playful.}

I hope you’ll enjoy reading my thoughts again this year, on a more regular basis, and with a little more purpose.

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Back to it as I have 2 group exhibitions to prepare for. Will post here if I am accepted into one or both with all the details (if you’re a Brisbane-and-surrounds local, these small group exhibitions are great).

Much love,

Giovanna

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