Busy times require deliberate pacing and planning. I’m not sure if I can point to a specific busy season with my work, but this could be it. I am a member of Cohasset Open Studios, a local group of 20 artists who open their studios the first weekend in November. My studio is in my house and my house is my gallery. To say life gets busy in the days leading up to the big event is an understatement.
So, guess what this busy artist agreed to do? I accepted the opportunity to have a solo exhibition in my neighboring town. It will be up for three months, opening on October 2, 2023. This means I am preparing for two solo exhibitions simultaneously. Yikes! What was I thinking?
Planning is Required
My inventory of quilts is both extensive and limited. The reality is I can only make so much new work in a year. Also, I don’t do my best work as deadlines loom near. So, I have opted to start by determining a focus theme for the solo exhibition and different theme for the open studio. The first will be predominately animals. The second will lean into water and skies. I also like to have a few new small works for open studios, since the price point allows for impulse purchasing.
I am busy creating “fast” work for 8″ x 8″ wrapped canvases. Nothing is truly fast in my world, but I can pull together an 8″ x 8″ quilt or two in a week. Therefore, that is what I started doing once I finished Pretty in Pink. That piece will have pride of place at the open studio. I learned last year that my thread painting is a big attraction and conversation starter with visitors. Who knows, maybe I’ll get a commission or two. Clearly I thrive on being busy. 🙂
My 2023 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt is finished. So now what? Between now and next January I should have quite a collection of possible RSCQs to choose from. Last week someone asked if I had a Rainbow Quilt Board on Pinterest where I stored my ideas. I didn’t. However, now I do. Since clearly I have time on my hands, I spent a delightful hour or two chasing down the Pinterest rabbit hole for rainbow quilts to spark my imagination. Isn’t this one a beauty?
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