Sunday, July 20, 2008

On the Road Again.........

I left this morning for my show in Bellevue, Washington. I am spending the night in Eugene, Oregon tonight and then will drive to Seattle tomorrow so I can spend some time with my daughter. Nichole is going to school at the University of Washington and I have not seen her since I dropped her off at the San Francisco International Airport in March. She was leaving to spend her spring quarter studying in London and then flew directly back to Seattle last month. She is spending the summer participating in the 2008 Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities research program at UW and wasn't able to arrange to come home before the seminar started. She has worked so hard and I am so very very proud of her! I can't wait to see her!

I picked up my rental van yesterday and then took everything out of “Big Blue” and loaded it into “Big White”?????. That sounds terrible! This van is so non-descript I can’t even come up with a good name for it. I don’t think I really want to bond with it anyway since I have to give it back next week.

My van breaking down has given me a lot to think about. I love doing art festivals but by this time of year I am usually exhausted. I start thinking about cutting back drastically on the number of shows I do each year, but by November I forget about that and start sending in my applications.

Have I been given a sign that I need to pay attention to? Perhaps 2009 will be the year I only do 4 or 5 shows and then look into some alternative ways of doing things. Trim my expenses to make it possible to create more time for making art instead of selling it. I don’t know. I had 2 hours on the road today with nothing to listen to (my iPod needed charging); maybe that’s why I have become so reflective. Silence has a sneaky way of doing that.

I think it’s good though. I feel energized when I think about other options. This could include new ideas about creating my art, changes in how I market my art, or just plain different ways of living my life. Stay tuned…………………

1 comment:

  1. Well this is Kyle, Nichole's friend. It was lovely meeting you today, and I just want to say that I really enjoy your work.

    Wander over to my blog if you get the chance!