Sunday, October 23, 2016
It's also the time of year where I need to figure out my show schedule. It's just penciling in shows I'm interested in, so I can get time off at my day job ( if needed) and start planning what pictures to send in for the jury. I need to figure out weekends that I already know won't work ( family things) and decide if we want a family vacation or not... and plan around holidays and every one's work schedules.
Last year Jerry and I made the conscious decision to cut shows in half. After much lively discussion, we've decided that again in 2017 to have a smaller schedule. For 2017 I'm aiming for 10-14 . (For comparison, our biggest year was 27 shows) So the shows I pick out to try for -- and there is no guarantee I will get in!- have to be planned out very carefully. Just as carefully as I think about this piece.
It's possible that I won't get in to most of the shows I apply for, then I will be stuck with just a few shows for the year. It's a horrible possibility, but very real. You just never know with juries. In past years I would have back up shows I could apply for later... I don't believe I'll do that. It's so much stress trying to juggle multiple possible shows on the same date.
So I will aim for 10-14 shows, and maybe I'll end up doing 6, who knows?
Friday, October 21, 2016
|Here's the view when you first walk into the gallery!|
I brought in some of my kewlest pieces, including Octy ! I'm hoping to start getting new pieces made up, and as that happens some of them will find their way to the gallery as well... I'll keep you all posted!
So get in, buy yourself a treat and one for someone you love and do it now!!
Five Monkeys is located in Des Moines right off 235, 42nd st exit. Address is 4211 Chamberlain Dr.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
It's my last show as well for the year.. unless something pops up, which could happen -- good chance I'll probably at least do some sort of artist meet and greet again at Five Monkeys, but no date on that yet, that's sort of tentative.
I'm looking forward to my winter season to charge batteries and new designs... I've got some ideas sitting in my sketch book and my head... and I'm in the mood to create, so I'm thinking this winter will be fantastic!! I'm also excited that I have a girl's weekend coming up.. just a quickie shopping trip in Omaha but still, anytime I can get together with the girls.. life is good!
Sunday, September 25, 2016
So my last show ( that I know of, I suppose that could change if something good came up) is for this coming Saturday. Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market 8-12 . Note the hour change.. we go to 8-noon hours for the last month of the market. I'll confirm my location next blog, but it will probably be on the main drag right around 2nd st corner ( by the bathrooms again)
After doing a summer with fewer shows ( only 12 -- most years we do 20-24, one year we did 28 - ack!) I think I like the slower pace. It really helps I'm in a great gallery here in Des Moines... huge shout out to Five Monkeys ! My online sales have picked up this year. So I think we will stick to a smaller show schedule next year as well. I want to get a Omaha show in again, and maybe one in Minnesota. But for the most part, sticking close to home this year worked great.
I'm looking at getting into more galleries, and maybe this winter I'll finally actually try to get my Etsy up to date. As always, if you see something in the blog or facebook and you want it, just email me and I'll ship it to you-- happens all the time!
Friday, September 23, 2016
When my pet cat died when I was 12, I buried the penny with Taffy. Taffy was my best friend. Taffy gave me so much in life, I felt like I had to give him something in death, and what else would a 12 year old have that meant so much?
I've never regretted it. Still I missed the magic of carrying that penny, and while a penny at age 47 isn't probably as magical as it is at 12 --- when I found this Victorian penny (from 1901) and it already had a hole in it -- I couldn't resist. I've put it on a lobster call and it's gonna be the zipper pull for my light jacket. Let the luck commence.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The bottom necklace is on a vintage locket, and front plate from a vintage timer.
When I use propellers I try to leave them movable when possible. That's actually harder than it sounds, any pressure on them and they lock up and won't move.. so when I do them I use screws and nuts, and hope I don't over hammer it, making it stiff. I usually glue the screws after I hammer them, it's both to make sure the nut doesn't get loose and to make sure there is nothing sharp to poke or catch.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
I get asked how I come up with my designs. Sometimes I sketch, but more often than not, I just take stuff out to "play" with, and eventually I spot the pattern the beauty and start combining things. You just have to open your mind up and it wonder the landscape around you.
|Where art starts... a huge, messy pile on my desk!|