I have been wanting to post about so much in the last few months. Each time I sit down to write my mind goes many places. Then I just stare at the screen and move on to something else. Yes, things like: Who are you to think someone wants to read what you write, especially with your terrible grammar. That's not what stops me though. It is the number of things I want to share. It is not knowing for certain what direction I am to go.
I have this amazing opportunity. I have actually had it for a long time and didn't accept it until this past summer. My plan was to continue working for my brother-in-law until mid September. Then I would attend Art and Soul in Portland in early October. After Art and Soul I would make a plan. Plan everything I have been praying about. Plan for this fantastic opportunity - to live my life as an artist.
Here's where the blurred vision comes in. If you know me, this isn't unusual (I am half Belgium). Artist! Am I an artist? Am I a crafter? Am I a Wife, Mother, Daughter and friend who likes to create for gift giving, and so on. Answer: art is subjective. It really depends on who I talk to about my work.
Back to this summer. My plan to quit working came early. It was just before my birthday in July. We had a family crisis and I felt called to do whatever I could to help my husband through it. I admit now, I also saw my Mother-in-law in great need. It hadn't been a year yet since I lost my Mom and missed her in so many ways. I also wanted to be an example to my children. My day will come. This was a bit of a crook in my plan. I had to cancel three of the workshops I had planned to take at Art and Soul. This actually turned out to be a blessing. It gave me the opportunity to be an assistant in the Encaustic Collage workshop taught by Crystal Neubaur. Here is where so many rabbit trails open up again. Crystal and I have been online friends for a very long time. We think it has been over five years. I can't say enough about the person she is. Meeting her in person was even better. It reminded me of that piece of art you see online. The one you really admire, are drawn to. Then you have the opportunity to see that piece of art in person. Oh my goodness, pictures, words just don't do it justice. It becomes more alive, real, true, pure, and something you feel deep inside. This is what it was like meeting Crystal. I came to her workshop just as Encaustic Adornment was ending. We knew each other right away. She came up and gave me a hug and went back to finishing up her class. ( here is an example of seeing art in person. Her Wax and Wire pieces are absolutely amazing.) We had dinner together and soon it felt like we had been friends, in person, for a long time. I love the way she taught her class, Encaustic Collage in the Evening, that night and was thrilled to be a small of part of it. Students - creative men, woman, and children - ROCK.
Students - creative men, woman and children - ROCK. That brings me to another part of this rabbit chase. I will post more on that soon.
Art and Soul is a well balanced & very organized event. I highly recommend you attend if you haven't yet. I will share more about my instructors and experiences in the next few days.
I have a dream and it appears it is going to take a few post to outline it.