Another week into the “fulltime all the time” artist gig and the flow that comes with clarity is truly liberating. I’ve had the emotional and creative capacity to sit and create without the burden (yes, “burden”) and worry that usually accompanied my months of Job Sharing a teaching role.
Removing the financial and career safety-net, and needing to 100% back myself, has also actually improved my practice. I really thought I would waste a lot of time, but the reverse has happened. I’m spending more time creating, more time writing in my journal, more time exploring mediums and techniques, and incorporating them into my style. I’ve been more productive in the last 4 to 8 weeks than I was all those years when I thought I could only be an artist if I still had a teaching job.
For me, this has not been the case.
And it’s paid off already.
These 2 beauties will be in the Aspire Gallery’s Petite Pieces Competition from Wednesday 7 February to Saturday 24 February 2018!
Last year I was happy to have 2 pieces in their Foot Square Competition. I didn’t sell either, but the experience of working with the Aspire community was very positive. To see how much my technique has improved in that short time is heartwarming and encouraging, as an artist. I’m more confident, less worried, less anxious and more courageous.
My art journal has been ignored a little these weeks. The more confident I am with my art, the less I needed to “warm up” with the art journal. Only a few done in that time, but fun all the same.
If you’re local, I hope you can come to Aspire Gallery and check it all out. Loads of hugely talented artists from our area so there’s always something that will appeal. Hubby always takes my wallet from me so I don’t end up buying something (I tend to crush on a piece, badly). Check their website for opening times and the Official Opening Night on the 10th, when the winners will be announced: