Sigh…this past week and a bit has been a whirlwind to say the least. First, I secured a commission for a friend. Got started on it right away, and realized I’d forgotten how much I love painting. Then, I found out I could finally move into my Art Central studio space, which I received as a scholarship prize before graduating from ACAD. Last Monday, I moved my loom into the studio, and in the evening had an excellent time at CF. Tuesday, Lindsay and I began installing our show at UAS. Wednesday, we (mostly) finished the install.
Thursday, I took a break from all things art. It was a day to breathe, which was highly needed as the day started off by waking up from an intense anxiety dream, then finding out Lindsay wouldn’t be able to make it to our opening reception. Friday, I baked most of the day, made a few final signs for our show, then headed off to the reception. While I enjoyed this week – the thrill of making art and actually feeling like an artist – I’m glad it’s over. Why does everything always seem to happen on the same week?
If you didn’t make it to the reception, our show runs until Mar. 1 at Untitled Art Society – 343 11th ave SW, Calgary, AB.
The second unfinished project I’ve successfully finished is a little felt sculpture I started during a workshop with Marjolein Dallinga of Bloomfelt. The workshop was during an extra-busy time of school, so after the workshop was done, I never got around to finishing the work because I needed to focus on finishing school. My sister helped get me motivated to finish this one. She asked if she could cut some of the circles, and after watching her for a couple minutes, I wanted to finish it myself.
I’ve realized I have a problem. I like to start new projects, but have difficulty finishing them.
This dawned on me when I was cleaning/organizing my studio space at home, and came across several unfinished projects. It’s interesting to think about what made me abandon these projects in the first place. Maybe I just got busy with other things, or perhaps I thought of an even better idea that I decided it’d be pointless to finish the current one first. Whatever the reason for not finishing, I’ve resolved to finish as many of my unfinished projects as possible.
This reminds me of a project my mom worked on when I was a kid. We went to the craft store and bought a couple of those wooden knick-knacks to paint. I finished mine, but my mom didn’t (maybe procrastination is hereditary). Ironically, her wooden work was a little sign that read “Begin, the rest is easy.” Obviously, the rest isn’t always easy.
The first project I have now successfully finished is a painting I started last summer. Now I just need to think of a title.