Thursday, January 22, 2009
I'm working hard at getting myself organized. So many times I feel I cannot get anything new accomplished because I've not finished off past work. Three years of living in this house and I still don't have my studio set up completely. But I'm getting there!
I suppose it could be said that it's because I don't stick to one thing. Gosh, how can I when there's so many interesting things to do? I have all kinds of ideas for projects from photography, painting, charcoal drawing, and creating multi-media pieces from things that I find. And that's not including my writing!
I try to be different. I don't want to do what everyone else is doing. However, I'm at the point now where I need to be getting something back for what I've spent in supplies, but I'm really struggling with promoting myself. I love to do the work and I don't mind showing it off, but to sell it is another story and not a strong point.
I suppose you could say that I self-sabotage myself. I don't always FINISH a project. When it comes to mounting, matting, and framing, I fall apart. I've bought the tools, but can't cut a straight line to save my life! I tried to buy cheap frames--- and found you get what you pay for.
But this year I am determined! I have given up trying to do the framing myself. I don't have to do everything. I am currently waiting for a shipment of framing materials so that I can finally call my charcoal drawings finished. I am working on a new website so that I can sell some of my works and I am making notecards using the photos I have taken.
I am making progress and I am pleased. However, I have come against another issue and that is my writing and computer space is on the second floor where I have a nice view of field and mountains, but my studio is in the basement. The writing isn't much affected, but the photography can be because if I print something up here, by the time I get it to the studio to frame it, I've lost the vision of my plan.
Another issue with this set up is that I also do my healing work in this room which, even though there is a room screen, this space can look pretty messy and both areas are a bit cramped. I don't want to move the work space downstairs, though, because I love watching night turn to day. The pre-dawn is my favorite time.
What this comes down to is that I will continue to work in this fashion for the time being. I am constantly making improvements and I celebrate every small step. I am making progress. And as long as I am doing so, I have nothing to complain about. Yea yah.