Letting Go, Moving On
I've given myself a little bit of time to wallow in my self pity that I did not sell a single piece at Art-A-Whirl. I've let myself feel the sting of hearing my pieces called "just quilts not art". And I am trying to suck it up, gather some of my confidence back (thanks for the support out there!), and keep going.
I admit that my confidence is very shaken, as it was not really steady to begin with! I am surrounded by artist with degrees, BFAs & MFAs. I find myself questioning whether one needs these credentials to "make it" as an artist. Can one be taken seriously without those degrees?
I have a diploma in graphic design that I earned in 2002, with a 4.0. I have considered going to college for my 4 year degree, but can never talk myself into it. I'm simply not a "school person". I like to explore what I am interested in, I have no desire to take math, history or science classes. Does this mean I can never been "an artist"? What happened to the days of practicing, and/or apprenticeships?
Anyways, I'm no closer to an answer to these questions, so I guess I will ignorantly continue on believing that I have a shot at being "an artist" in other's eyes. One of those things I will be doing, is trying to compete in fine arts competitions. We'll see what happens!
I do have some pictures of my studio - though the pictures were taken after art-a-whirl so things like my sewing machine are already set up again.
The leaf with windows piece is my most recent piece.
Last Friday while I was setting up for AAW, I happened to look out the studio door, and saw this image:
It was a HUGE train of windmills spokes! Note how tiny my car looks compared to it, then keep in mind that the windmills blade is a good 20 feet back! This was so cool to see!
Tomorrow will be spend doing laundry, and shutting myself into the bedroom, as the AC's are not in yet downstairs. We're experiencing a freakish heat wave in Minnesota. The bizarre part, is that it is almost like desert weather, as there is nearly no humidity. I'm not complaining, but I am noticing that since I am still recovering from the flu, I seem to be super sensitive to the heat. But I can finally smell some smells, including the lilac bushes on the side of the house! Mmmm..I love lilacs!
Also, I should mention that my studio site is up and running! You can check it out at www.fiberartstudio.net.