Is anyone out there up for a collage materials exchange? I'm growing weary of my (gigantic) paper stash and would love some new papers and whatnot to work with. If so, let me know in the comments or send me an email. I'm happy to mail internationally.
I had something funny happen the other day. I was toodling around on the internet and came across an interview I gave two years ago on Stephanie Levy's Artists Who Blog series. As I was reading through the interview I came to this question:
What are your top 5 goals that you’d like to accomplish within the next 5 years?
And I was shocked, because 4 of the 5 goals have already happened or are in the process of happening! For fun I'd like to share my responses:
1. Have my second child.
Having a second little one was a long-held dream of mine. Callum is about to turn 2, and he is the apple of my eye.
2. Expand my artwork in scale and diversity.
Most of my work is petite (9 x 9 inches is my average), but I've been painting big lately. This painting was finished a couple of weeks ago and is 24 x 36-- huge for me!
3. Publish a "how to" art book.
This is the one that I'm nowhere near. It feels like a "should" more than a "want" right now, so it's on the back burner for the time being.
4. Publish a young children's picture book.
July 1st I sent off a children's picture book submission to a (scream-with-joy-if-they-say-yes) publisher in Northern California, and yesterday I sent off a baby board book submission to a publisher in the UK. FINGERS CROSSED!!!
5. Learn to cook.
This one makes me laugh, because when I wrote it I was just learning how to use my oven and pots and pans to make things to eat. I'm serious. I asked for cookbooks for Christmas and birthdays, and by osmosis I just started cooking one day. I was shocked at how fun and relaxing it can be! Here's some "kitchen sink pesto" I made the other day, and yes, that is a mortar and pestal, thank you very much:
(Can you see the rainbow on the right side of the bowl? Our kitchen is filled with rainbows in the afternoon)
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I was so happy to come across the interview. I have so many wants and goals and things to do, and here was proof that I had accomplished a lot in two years, much more than I had realized. And most importantly: the things I made happen were the ones most dear to my heart.
Do you need a little push making your goals and dreams come true? Here are some lovely things I've spied lately: