2018 wasn’t one of my best years – I feel I’ve been relatively unproductive. I chose not to do the open studio art trail because I didn’t know how my father would be and I also was getting burnt out producing things to sell, even contemplating retirement!
My father is now in aged care after a period in hospital when illness caused a fall and deterioration in his condition. I will have more time now for my work but I feel sad for him as he wanted to stay in his own home. The nursing home we found for him is not far for us to visit & very nice with caring staff but he is getting more confused & forgetful. I am glad we managed to look after him in his home for so long.
My 2018 intention was to develop some new work – maybe do some workshops in painting or mixed media. This only partially happened because I found I was fed up with everything & it was an real effort to work. I have realised that I’m not a business person – I hate all the promotion, networking, social media, business planning & paperwork that goes with an art business. I have found social media very distracting so I’ve been concentrating on Instagram and reducing my engagement with Facebook. I’ve closed my artist page on FB – can’t really close my personal page although I was tempted.
My work for the year was mostly dabbling – small pieces to keep doing something. I started doing a monthly art project, MAP, but only managed to keep it up half the year. I did submit a small quilt for the Berry Quilt exhibition & the SAQA auction. One online workshop I enjoyed was Accessible Screen printing with Dionne Swift (pics below) and I’ve signed up to print some scarves for her next student exhibition. I also tutored a workshop, Painting & Printing with Dye, for a local textile group in October, my first for a couple of years. Towards the end of the year I enrolled in Dijanne Cevaal’s Travellers Blanket online workshop and have been enjoying some hand stitching – something I have tended to avoid until recently. I managed to get back to some dressmaking in 2018 and intend to keep it up this year. I now have some of my work for sale at the Nest Gallery in Darlington – its closed at the moment but will re-open in February.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year, hope its healthy, peaceful, creative & everything you wish for. My goals for the year are at the end of this post.
My aims for 2019:
- the big studio clean out. I feel overwhelmed by stuff & need to reduce.
- I will probably open my studio for the Arts trail this year but will change my approach to it.
- continue with my recent commitment to a fitness program.
- further reduce my time on social media but increase my blog posts.
- not worry about the business side of my art practice – just work.
- finish some of my work in progress & maybe even submit some for juried exhibitions – I haven’t managed to do this for quite a while.
Below: my best nine, most popular posts on Instagram.