Life has been throwing curve balls these past few months. Schedule revision at the good old J.O.B. - I am now working 10am to 630pm. Not to bad, but trying to get a doctors' appointment. .. what a pain that is.
The best, and most exciting, curve is that my work was accepted at the Gallery of Ocean Shores. I was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. Being artistic, one of the first things I checked out when deciding to move to Ocean Shores was the art community. I had gone into the gallery several times during our trips there (car fully packed with moving boxes). One of the times I happened to be wearing a Chris Friesen inspired fire lizard pendant. The artist on duty that day really liked it and suggested that I bring some work into show the jury committee.
Boy, was I nervous!
But I got lucky ... they had just lost their jewelry artist AND had decided to expand the range of art exhibited at the Gallery.
I set out my display August 1st and have sold several earrings already. A HUGE thank you to Marie Segal who taught me to make her bullseye earrings (and graciously allows me to sell what a make using her techniques). They have been my best sellers.
Another great thing about the gallery ... it is an artist owned 501(c)3 non-profit. That means am surrounded by artists. It is so inspirational! NBAG (The Northshore Artist Guild) was invited to set up an exhibit in Aburdeen (sorry, can remember exactly where ... too new to the community). I challenged myself to try something completely different and paint with polymer. I was originally told that the theme was Articulated Chaos and was to be abstract in nature. I had never done abstract before (unless Mokume Gane counts).
I discovered I loved freedom I felt when creating this piece. I had a sliver of an idea when I started. .. and it grew from there. Started with several Skinner blends and my handy Christi Friesen clay tools .... I am very happy with the results. I hope that time allows me to explore this aspect of polymer more.
After finishing my piece, I was told that the theme had been changed to Oceanic. Luckily the painting looks like a storm at sea