Monday, November 3, 2008

Sabbatical

It’s been a week since finishing up what will be my last art festival until 2010. Even though I had tossed around the idea of doing a few local shows next year, I recently made the decision that I was not going to do any shows in 2009. It’s been an interesting week. It feels like all I have been doing since March is working to “get ready for a show”. Not having that pressure feels great but it is also a little unsettling. I can be very focused and effective when I have a deadline looming, but give me time to think about “what to do next” and I start to feel very scattered and even a little anxious. I have a long to-do list but what I may need is time to regroup and relax.

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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1 comment:

  1. Thought your comments on Christine Kane's blog and here are interesting. Bravo to you for taking a year to reassess things. And gorgeous images btw.

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