Saturday, August 29, 2009

Finding Time for Transition

As the summer is coming to a close I am cherishing the time of transition. I have a few weeks before I start teaching again and I am so in need of some rest and rejuvenation. My summer was so busy with work and travels. I am a little embarassed to admit that I only completed one new piece of artwork, which was a demo piece for my painting camp. I think that I have always had in my mind that summer is full of time to rest and relax. That during my lazy days of summer I would have time to paint to my hearts content. The truth is there were very few lazy days for me. I found myself working six days a week facilitating and preparing for my summer camp program. It is fantastic that I can see the growth in my creative business, but a little frustrating when I get down on myself for not having any creative energy left for my own artwork. I think that now that I know this I will at least be a bit more prepared mentally for next summer.

So in the next few weeks I am taking the time to reclaim my studio. Right now it is torn apart, I am adding a fresh coat of paint (changing up the colors a bit) and adding a few new touchs. I also stopped by the Art and Soul Gallery in Ogunquit and was thrilled to find out that my originals and prints are selling quite well. I have a hard time letting people help me, but I just love that Whitney, the owner of the gallery, does such a great job displaying my work and I that all I have to do is bring my work and she'll take care of the rest. I do plan to update my etsy shop soon. I am working on mounting prints of some of my originals that have sold onto gallery canvas. I paint the chunky edges so they blend in with the painting and its hard to tell that they are prints. I am longing to paint some new pieces and start with a bit of a new direction. In the meantime I am preparing, like a caterpillar that confines itself to a tiny cocoon, I am sitting, waiting, growing before I spread my wings and take flight.

3 comments:

Lynda said...

I love your butterfly painting :) Thanks for writing me back. Looking forward to your email! hugs & happiness.

Gina Lee Kim said...

I love this piece, Caryn! Butterflies are such powerful personal symbols of change...

BTW, Jim and I had such a great time today! Your boyfriend, daughter & all your friends are so gracious and kind. Thank you again for inviting us to your beautiful home. Let's get together soon!!! And call me if you need any help at your studio. HUGS ~g

Daisy said...

Love the new green studio wall!