It's March and I have a collection of blog drafts that I started and never finished for one reason or other. There was the one I wrote about an exhibition I was in, it had all the info about when and where. Then there was the one I wrote recapping 2019. I have 12 total, they will probably live in the draft bin permanently. I had every intention, but things just fell apart.
Lately I've been feeling overwhelmed. Pulled in all the different directions. I started the year with a clear intention, but somewhere in between then and now I feel like I lost my way.
On one hand I want to recap everything and bring you up to speed. On the other, I just want to begin from here and move forward.
What will actually happen? Probably some messy combination of the two.
Messy is actually a pretty good word for describing me.
So... what has this messy artist lady been up to?
A quick recap...
After moving into my new studio, I rearranged no less than 75 times. (It's part of my process. Constantly shifting and changing. )
I painted a mural in the ladies restroom.
I had my work in a few exhibitions.
I launched my Play! workshops.
I taught a kids class at the Peoria Art Guild.
I joined the advisory team for Peoria Made.
I created a logo for North Art Studios.
I taught an Olli workshop with Barbie Perry, creating a community Art Installation.
I took lots of naps. I went on some trips. Some of my friendships deepened. Some have faded.
I ruined a few paint brushes, broke a few finger nails and wrote a few blog drafts.
Things have been steady.
Things have been slow.
It has all been rather messy, beautiful, chaotic, overwhelming, pleasant, exciting, frustrating, underwhelming, ordinary .... and everything in between.
Now that I've recapped a little of the last year, I'm just going to call this good. Let's begin again okay?
And... to be clear, This probably wont be the last time I drop the ball. It won't be the last time I get overwhelmed or feel disconnected. But I promise to keep going, to keep trying.
I hope you stick around. I'm glad your here.
I love using words to connect with my fellow humans.