Between my day job and client work, there will be times that I disappear for a bit. The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of commissions (thank you!), varying work schedules, making time for friends and carving out time to work on my own projects. This past weekend had it all.
Creative Mornings, a breakfast + lecture series in 120+ cities around the world, kicked off my weekend with some much needed motivation and the chance to catch up with other Indy creatives.
I work in a sun-lit arts, cultural and event venue, complete with a Saturday evening wedding. This was followed by “cake night” at a friend’s house with a goal of bringing a bit of cheer to friends after an especially trying week.
I then took Sunday as all mine in the studio. No client work, no commissions – nothing by my own passion projects and prep for my upcoming September show at Playful Soul in the Broad Ripple.
How was your weekend?
It’s been a surreal couple of weeks with some big changes. Seed and Star Studio on 54th Street as you knew it is no more. The artists, including myself, have moved on to new locations and projects.
At the end of September, I moved in to a new space a the Harrison Center for the Arts. You can find me in studio #015. If this number sounds familiar to Harrison Center regulars, it should. It was previously, wondrously, creatively filled with the magic that was my friend, Susan Hodgin. Susan passed almost a month ago and I’m so very honored to be in her space.
I’m slowly getting started in the new studio with two First Friday openings under my belt, two commissions in the works, prep for two workshops I’ll be teaching in Mooresville and Lafayette in November and (I hope) holiday commissions.
I invite you to come check out the new studio – I’m not sure yet if it will be the new ‘Seed & Star’ – on IDADA First Friday, November 7 from 6-9pm.
Just before leaving my Stutz studio almost two years ago, I went dumpster diving one last time (disclaimer: the dumpsters were indoors and in a building filled with artists so you knew there was going to be some gems).
I found three 3×4 foot canvas stretchers with previous paintings cut away from them. No doubt someone didn’t want to haul them any further and carefully sliced away the canvas and left these incredibly sturdy stretchers behind. So I hauled them away.
Nearly two years have passed and I’m finally getting around to making them mine.
I remember the challenge of working on a big painting. That is that they’re big and require more movement to get to all the nooks and crannies.
And lots of sitting on the floor.
And now this one needs a title. Any suggestions?
I’m sorry. I’ve been horrible about adding new things to the blog. I’ve even lost track of my photo-a-day project. There’s a good reason for it though.
The last month has had me preparing for my trip to Portland (thank you so much to my supporters, both financial and otherwise for helping me get there), launching the new Tiny Shows at Seed & Star Studio, finishing out a couple of commissions and starting on a new, secret-for-now project. Don’t worry, as soon as I can say more I will.
In the meantime, I’ve snuck in a quick update to my website. PSA to artists – get a website (or blog, or some other venue for people to see your work online). Even my age old, hardly updated website has put enough work out there to hook me up with the afore mentioned secret project.
I’ve added several new images to the Art section, 2011-present, including many that have been on view at Ashland Gallery over the last few months. Many thanks to John McKee for the show with my mom, Sandi Finney.
Swing by the site, take a look around and watch for more regular updates.
spent a lot of time here last weekend.
moments from the studio this past weekend.
We like it here at SoBro Arts, located on 54th Street, just west of Keystone Avenue and willing to bet you would too!
We’re hoping to turn this into and even niftier artist community and invite you to join us! There are still a couple spaces available.
More paper planes. Really, it’s an obsession at this point.
Juanita, my well traveled Mexican chicken says, “Happy weekend eve!”
I’ll be painting and packing like mad in between visits to this weekend’s Broad Ripple Art Fair. Stay tuned for more info on the TWO shows I’m crazy enough to attempt in one month… The World Went On opens at Nancy Lee Designs on Friday, June 1 and I’ll have seven pieces at the StutzArtSpace Gallery for Walk Away With Art (details TBA).
The packing of the Stutz studio continues this weekend as well as everything heads over to the new studio!
Whew! So much to do in such a small amount of time!