There are fifteen days left until Cohasset Open Studios . I’m feeling the time crunch. When does the time pressure of a fixed deadline get to you? It isn’t as though I haven’t been working on this. In fact I have been preparing for the Cohasset Open Studios since January. I began by focusing on making smaller work to appeal to those visitors who aren’t ready to commit to a larger piece.
Psyching Myself Up
It’s as much of a head game as anything else. There is the psyching myself up to join a new group in a new town doing something I’ve never done before. That is one aspect. Then there is all the work I do in my head, imaging what opening my studio will entail. I probably spend as many hours on that as I do actually doing the prep work. Imagine that? Just like how I create a new artwork. I begin by mulling things over and exploring all the possibilities and requirements in my head before any actual doing takes place.
Doing the Work
Remember that head game? Eventually, it is time to get out of my head or I won’t be prepared to welcome people to my home and studio. I made a list of what needed to get done, what could be done immediately, what could be done several weeks ahead and what need doing before something else needed doing? If this was something my husband could do (thank goodness he is a good sport) the task was assigned to him. Otherwise, I won the task.
Yesterday, we (mostly he) hung sixteen of my quilts in the open living area of our home, up the stairs on the way to my studio and in my studio? Today, the wall signs with title, size and price will be placed by each piece. Now I can focus on other details, such as a place for visitors to sign up for my blog and/or leave a comment.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.
Good luck with the open studio. I think you’ll find it worthwhile to stick your neck out, so to speak.
One thing I am frequently asked is “Where can I see your work locally?” An open studio seems a good solution, especially since this is an annual event in the small suburban town I live in. Was going to do it last year, but for obvious reasons I didn’t. Neck is firmly extended. Thanks for the well wishes.
All the best for your Open Studio! Your pieces look beautiful on the walls of your home…an inspiration for potential purchasers!
Thank you, Margaret. I feel fortunate our home can double as a gallery. My work is always up, just not this much of it. I had fun curating the work.
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