It has been 5 years since I began the Year Study. My goals were to explore, evaluate and exhibit the results of daily sketching and creating. I did EXPLORE with materials, techniques and composition lessons resulting in a renewed interest in hand stitching, experimenting with brushes and paints, and seeing more simply.
EVALUATING my use of time is an important element as an artist. How to continue networking in one circle while expanding into others; keeping an ear open and helping in different ways needs to be communicated by actions and in conversations. Scheduling studio time and developing themes for the upcoming exhibits rather than creating inventory has been a process. One that with the distractions of nature here in West Virginia is more enjoyable than a commercial speed on the East Coast as I age. Transferring the Ruckman Mill Farm patterns and products to a new generation at Green Mountains Hooked Rugs opened my schedule to more studio time. Now teaching is focused on design and encouragement, others provide the materials.
The EXHIBIT goal was met at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week in 2015 when all twelve months and a collection of work were featured. Juried into and invited to show in several fine art exhibits validated the direction and I respect my peers recognition. My resume’ lists these venues with the ultimate, an Award of Excellence and purchase by the State Museum from the 20th Bi-Ennial Juried Exhibition in 2017 for Progress in the Mountains. The opportunity to curate the collection Glimpses Inside Appalachia this fall, shown at Raleigh Playhouse, Beckley, WV brought my work before a new audience and opened other exhibit venues.
My five year goal includes developing the themes I identified from the study and exhibiting each in different markets. A new decade will be on the horizon by then and more goals.
Speaking out about current events , Nature’s Beauty and Human Impact, and a Travel Series where I am developing each sketch several times.
Hope to meet you on our journey. Happy creating.
Good morning Susan, This was a wonderful post. I appreciate hearing more about your journey, reflections, and goals. I have been doing very little creating which has not been good for me so I have been reflecting on what is important to me and what my goals are. I am getting very close to making a decision I have been wanting to make for years. Hopefully I will make the right decision, at the right time and it will work out for my family and me. Thank you for the post. Know your thoughts and actions have an impact. Judy
Reflecting and planning are important elements in our design life yet not easily addressed. And acting on the plan is the hardest part. You will make the right decision.
Here we are after reading a post from Wanda. You are here to help. It sounds like you have a plan you have already executed and well on your way. Looking forward to reading more of your journey and collaborating in Jan !
2019 will be a new path, looking forward to joining you