OK, so it's taken me a while to feel the full effect of blog-pressure from fellow artists...but it's finally taken hold and left me with very little choice (as you can see). I already suspect this might come with its own set of Facebook-esque addictive qualities. So...here goes..
Why "The Drawing Board", you ask? That's where it all starts for me. A pencil, piece of paper and an idea. Well, not always an idea, but once the pencil starts moving across the page, the first kernel of popcorn pops...and you know what happens from there. It's really quite a yummy adventure!
Some of you may have been at Surtex, either exhibiting or walking the Show. Hope you had a great time! For me, it was so nice to connect with the people i've been working with throughout the year as well as to meet and chat with so many talented artists. This is my second year as an exhibitor and i find it to be such an important part of the process of creating art for products. When buyers and manufacturers offer their insights on what the market is demanding, i see it as a unique chance to listen carefully to what they have to share. I'm consistently surprised by what people respond to (or don't) and what elements in my work seem to resonate. When i return to my studio, i go through a bit of an editing process where i try to build on the positives and expand on what i've learned...and there's always something to learn!
It's been quite a whirl these last couple weeks getting my booth ready for Surtex, meeting deadlines and trying not to let the transition to Spring pass unnoticed. As we were packing up the car to head to NY, my husband and I noticed the "Shaker's Prayer" iris in our garden just starting to show a peek of color. I wondered about them each day at my booth—while in the windowless hall and under the hot glare of the lights. Would they be in full bloom when we got home? Would their petals have endured all that wind? The rain? It was so uplifting for us to pull into the driveway and to spot their beautiful purple and yellow blossoms nodding over the allium across the green grass. Right after I got out of the car, I took that photo at the top of this post. Inspiration!