Sunday, January 4, 2009

Intentions


One of my "intentions" for 2009 (notice I did not say "resolutions") is to post on my blog a little more often. Every time I sit down to write, I feel like I have to "say" something. But I don't. It doesn't have to be anything profound or even entertaining. I don't need to put that much pressure on myself. The other option was to just quit the blog. See, I tend to see the world black and white; all or nothing; empty/full...........I could go on but I won't.

There are many things I am excited about as the new year begins. Of course the fact that I am not doing any art festivals this year creates all sorts of emotions, most of them positive. I found myself sailing through the holidays this year (as opposed to paddling a sinking ship upstream in a hurricane......ok....that's a little dramatic). I surprised myself and my family. Thinking back I have to admit that one reason for this change of heart most certainly has to do with the absence of that time consuming ritual I perform every winter - applying for shows. Instead of filling out forms, labeling slides and writing checks, I was performing a ceremonious trip to the recycling bin every time an application came in the mail.

I may be beating this subject to death, and I promise I will find something else to write about, but it is a big deal to me. Art festivals have been a huge part of my life for many years and, of course, my main source of income. It's scary, but to see that I am already benefiting from this decision helps me believe I did the right thing.

Happy New Year!

6 comments:

  1. I pop by your blog sometimes just to keep track. I enjoyed seeing your work at a festival last summer. Glad to know you will be posting more often.

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  2. I too always think I have to 'say' something on the blog, when a photo would probably be enough! But still... I always love seeing your work so I hope you do blog more.

    How did the art festivals work? You apply to go, then you go there to sell your prints? How many did you do in a usual year? I can imagine it would be hardwork! Enjoy the break :)

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  3. Thanks for the comments!

    Rachel, most art festivals are juried, some of them are very difficult to get into and yes, I set up a booth with the hope of selling enough to make a profit. At one point I was doing as many as 18 shows in one year with my average being about 10 a year.

    Thanks,
    Dianne

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  4. Happened to find your blog. I am a Photographer/Artist as well... and I've decided to not do any shows in 2009 either! (well, maybe 1)
    Good luck for your future, I'm sure something will open up now that door is closed. You have lovely work!

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  5. Thank you Heather!

    I checked out your website. Your work is beautiful!

    Good luck to you too!
    Dianne

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