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I am a professional crafts person, working in clay and fibre, not necessarily at the same time. I am a juried member of the New Brunswick Crafts Council, The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Happy New Year !Back to Work, With a Vengeance

Well Christmas is over, and the fun has begun. With two pregnant nieces and some serious creativity bursting forth in my house, production of cute little shoes and such has begun. The front beam of my loom is lined up with wee little felt booties. Miss India has been needle felting and sewing up a storm. When I find a camera I will snap some photos they truly are quite something.
My personal creativity is being channeled in a new non fibre direction briefly. I am painting. I have not painted in eons. But I have the canvass, I have the paint, and I have a goal. I am donating a painting to a silent auction raising money for kids music lessons. The last auction ended in December and was quite successful. Mason is to be the lucky recipient of six months of bagpipe lessons. Thanks to the talented staff of Isaac's Way Restaurant. I think it is a particularly good cause, and am kind of excited to be doing it. Hopefully I can get something decent on the canvass, and quick before I get too nervous to do it. I think it'll be a mixed media sort of thing, less daunting than just painting, painting intimidates me to no end. It really feels like reaching outside the box for me, challenging my comfort zone. It will probably be a good thing for me, I have holed up inside my comfortable space for the last year, recovering from life wounds, and getting my head securely attached. I have not pushed my creative self beyond healing and self examination.I feel like with this new year, I will be able to push down some barriers, and make real art for the first time in a long,long time.
I have spent most of the past year, working at getting my life together, recovering from a few horrible years of personal trials, and am slowly but surely moving forward. I have spent a lot of time by myself exploring, and strengthening my purpose It was something I needed to do by and for myself. I believe I am stronger for it, and healthier. I am getting ready to enter the real world again, move amongst the people, and make more art. I am still broke as hell, in debt up the ying yang, still working two part time jobs and still searching for a nine to fiver, but I feel a wee tad better about it all.

2 comments:

Diana said...

I believe 2008 will be great for you and your family.

Unlock your inner self while painting and enjoy the process. Don't worry about the end result. If the process is beautiful and enjoyable, it will shine through to the end result. Have fun!

Liz said...

Thank you Diana, you are right, the process is doing wonders for me. I am having a blast painting!!!! And as a bonus the kids are painting along with me, some very cool stuff is coming out of all this, both on and off the canvass. Yay us! Both of the kids are doing a painting for the auction as well. India has completed her first painting and moved on to a second canvas. Mason is methodically planning his design and has yet to touch paint to his board. We are all getting something good out of the process. Who knew that a bit of paint could be so liberating! I will have to start photographing the process and post them here, currently camera deprived, but I here that Jackie got one for Christmas.....