Isn't it ironic that my last blog post, promising to follow up with a completed portrait image, was titled, "Forget Me Not"?
It has been over a year. Ooops. Consistency is something I am working on. In the meantime, I've been pretty busy. Had I blogged about the projects, I may not have had time to complete them all. I moved, both my houseful of kids and my studio.
I completed multiple custom portraits of people and pets,
won the local Art Battle,
made and sold a dozen+ acrylic paintings, created two very large school murals
(panel 3 of 3 for BC Children's Hospital)
(TPS Mural, created by 200+students)
was juried into the 2nd annual Canadian Annual Mosaic Exhibition
and developed a plan to... wait for it... open my own studio. Wow. Where did 2018 come from!?
If you've taken a workshop with me, or spoken to me about my travels, this might surprise you. I hadn't wanted to be tied down by a bricks and mortar location.
But, you may also remember that I am all for seizing opportunities and recognizing that it pays to listen when the universe speaks. So, what to do? I waffled for months as I searched for options that made sense.
A brief elaboration is necessary. A wonderful client chose to hire me to create an artwork for their new home. It is large. Very Large. I don't have a room big enough to accomodate its creation. I looked at garages, barns, warehouses, even the purchase of a portable for my backyard!! I fought the idea of running a public studio, until I found my current space. It shocked me. It shocked my family when I came home and told them. Luckily for me, they love what I do, and support my decisions. Luckily for me, I don't let fear stop me.
(Someday I'll share my rhino story.)
And so it is that in two weeks I will be having my grand opening. I will be offering mosaic and acrylic classes, and guest instructor workshops in so many different media. Flashbacks to a business plan from 1998 means I'm also offering space to other local artists who need to expand.
I am incredibly excited, and well, terrified. I'm not qualified. Nope. But I will be surrounding myself with those who are, and those who seem to believe that I am.
If you fall into either one of those categories, and want to connect, I would love to hear from you. I have so much to learn! I have so much to share. Join me! 2018 was tame in comparison to what 2019 is suggesting.