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!