Sunday, August 19, 2012
So I spent the day getting familiar with my studio again and getting some of the ideas I have had out of the way. It was a good day and today I plan to start on some new houses. That is the thing I never get tired of making, so I suppose that will continue to be my main focus and evolution. They take so much time and focus, I really don't want to make other things that require a similar amount of time and thought. However, I do want to make some other things at a lower price point that compliment the barns and houses, so I will continue to try quick things like the little round dishes and molded forms that don't require a lot.
All summer, I sketched and read and looked at a lot of work I loved and it all filled my brain with what ifs and I wanted to try it all. Yesterday, as I messed around with some of these ideas and found them not so exciting after all, I realized that staying focused on one object worked so well for me last year and perhaps that is the path I should stick with. As an artist, I am constantly wanting to try new things, but to continue to grow and sell my work, it needs to be a consistent and cohesive body of work, not random flotsam that is just a bunch of exploration of things I think I want to try.
So, focus focus focus needs to become my mantra for the upcoming selling season. As I found out this year, June-August is dead for me, so that needs to be the time for exploring new ideas. This was not the best summer for that, since this was the summer of pain for me. But I'm putting aside all of the what ifs and getting back on track for making barns and houses and growing on that path. There, I said it, so now it will be so!