I've had a lot of time this summer to sit still and think about things
and now that one of the on line artist groups that I have been a member of for a long time is "reinventing" itself and changing a lot of their "rules" to belong to the group -- including asking all of us to "reapply for membership"
this was not necessarily a decision I wanted to make right now, but I have been thinking that it may be time soon to make this choice anyway
and even though I've been keeping up with reading the challenges, etc., from the bead group since then, I have simply not felt inspired to create anything for them
to a large extent, my tastes and style in this art medium seem to no longer be valid -- certainly the total lack of sales and very low number of views on my Etsy page for this medium indicate that --
part of that may also be that I have not been willing to make a piece like this one and practically give it away in terms of the price I charge for it -- my time is worth something, and I'd rather spend it in working on something that at least makes my soul happy!
I made it for my daughter in 2013, and I recently "recalled" it to do some updating
and I enjoyed doing that
and there is the human factor
the community of fiber artists that I can actually be an active part of in this area is large and very rewarding
it may well be time to hold a giant sale in my Etsy store to clear things out (and maybe actually make a little money) and then to seriously consider revamping and re branding it --- or creating a freestanding website again --- or both
the deck and the planter boxes are done, and I've started on the gate that goes at the far right edge of the decking
this piece is about 13" x 13", and originally I was going to cut it down to 12"x12" and donate it for next year's SAQA auction
but I don't want to cut it
and I want it to have enough "presence" when hung that it looks like a piece of art, not just a big potholder
my solution to that is that I'm going to mount it on a canvas -- of course you can't get a 13"x13" canvas -- but I was able to get a 14"x14" one, so now I need to think about what color that 1" border all around it will be
I'm picking tomatoes and cucumbers and zucchinis about every other day now, and I should have green beans soon
we had heard that animals are impacted by this kind of solar phenomena
apparently Mr Benson didn't hear that
this was his "I'm watching the eclipse" pose --- sound asleep on the couch!