One of my goals in the coming year is to learn all I can in an effort to improve my skills as a photographer and an artist. I just signed up for a one day photography workshop this Sunday. This sort of activity goes by the wayside when all my time seems to be spent on applying for shows, making hotel reservations, sending out postcards, producing and packaging inventory and everything else involved in participating in art festivals (I forgot to mention “obsessively checking weather.com every 15 minutes”). But now with this break, maybe I can slow down and devote my time to my craft and not just on my sales and marketing. Of course I am still going to try and get my work out there, but just not in the intense (and expensive) way I have been pursuing the last 10 years.
Another exciting aspect of this “sabbatical” is the opportunity to explore different ways of teaching and sharing what I have learned and developed in the last few years. My next workshop on December 6th is full, with a waiting list, so you can be sure I will be offering more classes next year.
So while I may be feeling a little “off” now that my shows are over, I am excited about the possibilities that could unfold as I explore this new way of not only working, but living with authenticity and passion.
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