Monday, April 09, 2007

The beginning

Today was my first day of "freedom." Friday was the last day at the day job.

I sent off my entry to R&F's Encaustic Works 07. Tonight I'm going to get my entry ready for New American Paintings (this is the year!) and possibly respond to a couple of other calls for proposals.

I started freaking out a little about money today - just minor things like worrying that I don't have enough and wondering where it's going to come from...

I tend to be more pragmatic and cautious, so saying things like, "The universe will provide," seems a little flaky to me. It sounds great until you try to explain it to a parent or an ex-spouse...

Today I also helped out with the installation of the local art group's national juried show (I unpacked the artwork again this year, so I have lots more ranting to do about how not to pack artwork - I even took pictures of some of the worst offenders!).

Tomorrow I'm off to Kansas. I'm spending the night with my brother and his family in Overland Park. I had my work sent there from the last show in Iowa, so I'm going to pick it up there and drive it to Manhattan for installation. The reception is Saturday, April 14th from 4 to 6 pm - if you're in the area, stop by and say hi!

My friend Colleen will hopefully be able to go to the reception, so that'll be fun.

Last night I watched What the Bleep Do We Know? It sounds similar to The Secret. It was about reality and quantum physics and all that. I liked it but I need to watch it again. That stuff just blows my mind...

I get back on Sunday and plan to spend a lot of time in my studio next week. I want to finish up my Waxy Buildup pieces and get started on the next thing. I want to explore the concept of palimpsest - where writing has been erased and written over.

Oh, and I've also curated a show that will be on display in May at Tarrant County College in Arlington, Texas. It's a show of artist's books called Beyond the Scrapbook. More about that later.

Well, I guess I should pack!


tlwest said...

Well have a great show and trip!

Rebecca Finch said...

Wow, you're really hitting the pavement, and not wasting any time. I hope everthing you attempt turns out wonderful. I can't wait to hear about your packing tips - that would be very helpful.

Reading with continued interest.


Brenda L.B. Kenney said...

Deanna, I found your blog through Alyson Stanfield's ArtBiz blog, and am so glad she posted the link.
I spent most of the morning reading your posts, but this really caught my attention, and hit home.

I decided that I'm not going to wait for the right time to start being a full time artist -I'm just going to be a full time artist. I keep trying to rationalize it (to myself) and justify it (for everyone else), but it comes down to believing that I can do it. I'm already doing a lot of the work that needs to be done, I just need to continue and even step it up.

Over the last several months I've been struggling with the same thing...trying to rationalize and justify, especially when finances came into play. You're absolutely right, the most important thing is to continue working hard, believing in myself, and in my ability to pursue the path I was meant to follow.

Thank you! I appreciate your openness and willingness to share your experiences. You've given me the motivation I needed to get back into the studio with renewed energy. I may even have some of my fight back! ;)

All the best,

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Lovely show. Thrilled for you. Keep on doing what you're doing... one foot in front of the other. We are all cheering you on.

Eero said...

Hey---I'm entering the West Coast section of New American Paintings!

Good luck to you! Good luck to me!


debra said...

I love it when artists take the leap of faith! Best of luck!