|flying over the water to the big city|
a painting on silk inspired by a famous Chinese story
The opening was well attended. I sold a small piece and received a wonderful commission for a large piece.
|M first big commission in progress|
This was my first large commission. I used symbols and images that resonated with the client to express her values. It was a joy to do! I felt that I created beauty, meaning, and value for my client.
painted on silk
May 30th I began Kelly Rae's ecourse, "Flying Lessons", on building a creative business. She shared so much of her process, that I felt I finally had a guide to creating an income with my art.
Encouraged by Kelly Rae's class, I chose to make hand painted silk scarves, as a product for people not ready to buy a $900 silk painting. I started an etsy shop, got on the roster for Vashon Artists in the Schools, and began setting up teaching situations and participating in arts/crafts events.
|at Strawberry Festival|
*I created a retrospective of my work for the Vashon Community Care Center with well over 100 pieces, including sketches and photos to show how my work developed
*I participated with a booth in the local one day Holly Daze Bazaar
*I taught a workshop on silk painting in my studio, and scheduled classes for next year.
|my studio on the Tour|
*I opened my studio for the first time on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour. I actually made money --unlike the times I participated in group shows. And it was lots of fun!
I got just enough of a taste of doing business as a creative to realize that I don't have a clue how to think about the business end of what I am doing. I realized that Kelly Rae's class showed me the trail ahead--but I still have a lot of work to do to walk this trail!
painted on silk