Tomorrow is the last day of my show, Madrone, at Foster/White Gallery. It’s been well-received, I’ve gotten some very nice comments, and sold a few pieces. Very satisfactory overall.
But then here comes the inevitable question, “Now what?”
Luckily, I’ve got enough things to keep me busy until the next body of work develops. I’ve got some calls to enter, a grant to write, and a few shows coming up to track.
I’m going to attend the SDA Convention in San Antonio, Texas and there is a member’s show for that. The call is for 12 x 12 inch pieces. I already have a bunch of those but they are mounted on panels and the call specifies that all the pieces be mounted on canvas. So I need to make a new piece, after all.
I have all the patterns for my 12 x 12 pieces and I have a lot of nice fabric that didn’t get used in the last series. So, easy peasy, right? Well, actually, I found it’s much harder to start making one piece than a series of pieces. How to narrow it down? How to choose just one set of fabrics from all my beautiful stash. I found myself over-analyzing, poring over the fabrics, looking at them this way and that, taking photos and comparing. Just driving myself crazy with all the options, wanting the piece to be not just good, but really good.
Then I thought, why not just make more and then pick which one I like best? And after spending hours trying to make decisions about one piece, I had fabrics and patterns picked out for two more in about 40 minutes.
Who knew it would be easier to make three pieces than one! Plus, if I run short on time, I don’t even have to finish all of them.