I missed a studio update in March but I had a great reason. At the end of February, my partner received a job offer that required relocation from Chicago, Illinois to West Palm Beach, Florida. March was spent preparing for and executing the move. Thankfully, his new employer included payment for this relocation as part of his job offer so we purged and someone else packed, loaded, and shipped. We’ve settled into our new home (renting for a while) and he’s going to work daily. He works in construction, which is an essential business during the corona virus pandemic.
I already worked from home for myself as a Leadership Trainer and Coach, so I just shifted to a new room in a new house. However, the cross country move in the middle of a shelter-in-place pandemic also shifted my thinking about that business. The whole reason I wanted to work for myself was to have the freedom to make more art. And yet, building a business requires a great deal of time. Art making didn’t go up. And that hurt my heart. I’m processing what it is I really want to do with my training and coaching business. In the meantime, I’m upping my creative making time and I’m back in the studio.
When I’m not in the studio working on my latest textured fiber painting and not working on my coaching business, I’m mapping out a plan to build an art business, as opposed to or in addition to, the coaching business (that’s part of what I’m processing). I’ve started writing a novel. I’m developing digital wall art using messages I receive from my meditations. I’m considering creating wall art from my poetry and from famous poets. I may offer embroidered pieces with inspirational statements. I’m absolutely going to create a guided journal to help inspire personal growth. I’m brainstorming a LOT of art ideas and I’m thinking about how and where I want to offer them for sale. I’ll keep you posted here and on social media (if we’re not connected on Facebook or Instagram, let’s fix that, OK?) Links to each are here:
For now, my big project is my latest textured fiber painting, (Feeling) Isolated. The other day, I realized my textured fiber painting Feeling series has been built off the empathy hits I get from the Global Human Collective when it’s time to choose a feeling for the next piece. For example, I made Grief in the first couple months of this year; a feeling that was sitting deep inside the Collective and which has risen to prominence during these #quarantimes. Now I’m making Isolated (which is a pretty obvious connection 😊).
Watch this space for news about my art business decisions, updates on new work, and musings on living a creative life.
Next up: I’ll continue work on Isolated. Full reveal expected in May. And I’ll continue to brainstorm and create other offerings.
Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions. The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle. The boundary evokes the feeling and is based on the empathetic connection I feel to the Global Human Collective. From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber to reflect the emotion most prevalent within the Collective at the time the feeling is chosen.
My art is my work and the majority is for sale. Please visit my Gallery to view the items for sale. If you’re interested in purchasing any of my creations, please contact me via this site.
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