After many hours in front of this here computer, I am now deliriously tired and sporting a cracking headache. Not only that, but after wrangling with my art,business, and image files, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is all a mess. To put it nicely.
But there is hope. I am currently reading two books: “Taking The Leap” by Cay Lang, and “I’d Rather Be in the Studio!” by Alyson Stanfield (who writes the art biz blog, over there in the sidebar). They have very similar information, but are written in different styles. I think they compliment one another rather well, so I’ve been hopping from one to the other, and comparing advice. They have good information about setting goals, getting organized, approaching different markets, and prioritizing. Exactly what I am needing.
The result of my hours on the computer is that I’ve managed to track down, extract, and format images of paintings I have here in my studio. I’ve updated my Artspan page to reflect artwork I currently have for viewing and sale: nests and encaustic paintings. Just click on the Artspan link in the sidebar under “My Artwork”.
Now, if I could just get the rest of those files organized…..
Okay, I have to admit that not a lot has been going on in my studio, but I have been working outside my studio! I ran into some problems with my wax, and realized I’m kind of sick of it at the moment, and needed a little tantrum, er, I mean break….. so gardening it has been, for a few days. Getting my hands dirty always seems to have an (ironically) cleansing effect on me. A few days pulling weeds and planting things, and I’m usually ready to tackle other things again. So I thought I’d share a few pictures of the ongoing miniature garden plot. This is really just a theraputic garden for me. We subscribe to a CSA (Blue House Farm) that delivers a beautiful, bountiful box of organic green vegetables 6 months out of the year. So technically, this garden isn’t necessary. But growing things just really does something for me.
I dug the weeds out another 4 or 5 feet, and added a bean teepee, and some poppies.
I also added some permanent plants- some thyme, sage, and Tarragon, to keep the Oregano company.
As for that pesky wax, I had a large batch of it turn a deep brownish yellow in my crock pot. This batch of wax was already a little more yellow than it normally is, but having it in the crock pot totally ruined it. So let my experience serve as a cautionary tale: Clear beeswax does not like to be reheated, and does not like to sit for hours in a crock pot! It even started to smell bad- pungent and strong. I had to throw the whole thing out. I contacted R&F and they told me to only heat as much wax as I will use in one heating. And maybe my crock pot heats hotter than I thought. It is very old and does not have a temp gauge on it. Ah, well, live and learn, eh?
Has anyone else out there had this problem with their wax? I’d love to hear about it, and what you did to manage it. In the mean time, I think a good studio cleaning is in order, and another try at this batch of granulated wax. Wish me luck!
Wing #2, mixed media and acrylic on canvas.
The warm weather this weekend got me out working in my yard instead of my studio, but I managed to get some work done last week. I started several new acrylic paintings, and am close to finishing a few others. I packed and shipped some things to go to Atlanta. I had the hardest time finding boxes for the artwork. These paintings are not even that big – 24″x24″ – and yet, I couldn’t find anything big enough. I looked into buying online, but the box companies want you to buy a lot of boxes. You can’t buy just a few. Minimum 25. Ack! It leaves me wondering what to do in the future – and how the hell to ship something that is 36″x36″?! Or bigger? Any wisdom out there? I guess I have some research to do. In the end, I just took them to UPS and had them build a custom box and pack it for me. I thought I’d have to sell one of my children to pay for it. SO, if any of you out there have any advice, I’d love to hear it. I’ve been shipping small 12″x12″ pieces for so long, and so painlessly, that this just seemed so…. difficult.
On a nicer note, I got a package myself last week that made me a very, very happy girl. Three tiny sets of wings. A bit gruesome, I know, but these birds were found, not killed for their wings. A bit of them will live on as art.
Thank you, C, for the fabulous surprise!