I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I am a procrastinator. If you look up procrastinator in the dictionary, I am confident you will find a photo of me looking like I had every intention of doing something productive and then just didn’t. I also am pretty sure I suffer from a low level of ADHD, but without the hyper part, and just the inability to focus on anything and easily distracted part.
I’m also long winded.
And take a long time to get to the point.
And go off on tangents that seemingly make no sense.
For example, I just walked away from writing this for a few minutes to take a series of photos of one of my cats and send them to Mr Dianamakesart, who is at work. Wouldn’t this face make you feel better about working and life in general?
On another, completely unrelated note, I think there are people who do nothing but troll #catsofinstagram all day long and “like” things the split second they are posted. If you are one of those kinds of people and would like to see more pictures of this cat, and another one too, and lots of lovely artwork, follow me on instagram – dianamakesart!
Do you like how I folded in that shameless plug and still have not arrived at whatever point I may or may not be reaching?
Anyways, life is returning to normal after the holidays, and I’ve had a million times over the past month or so I’ve meant to post something or other and haven’t, and I’ve got an equal number of excuses as to why – I was busy with a show, I was grading papers, I was making art, then it was Christmas and I was eating food and went on a quick excursion to beautiful BC with Mr Dianamakesart. But all that is now over, and it’s back to reality. Which is a bit depressing when we were just here:
And here in yyc, it’s minus ten thousand degrees, and looks like this:
So to update, Handmade Here, currently the only show I do (because the other artists are so awesome and it’s such a nice experience every year, and I’ve never felt I’ve had enough work to sell more than once a year) went super well. Remember all those lovely sandblasted pieces that I talked about? All of them sold. All. Every one. And not to my mom. I also sold all of my priciest pieces, and also not to my mom (Don’t worry, mom came and bought stuff). So it was my most successful sale yet, and in addition to selling lots of artwork, I have two other favourite things about doing the show.
First is that the other artists like to swap, and I get to come home with a bunch of new exciting things made by other talented people. I have an enormous soft spot for ceramics (possibly because I find working with them quite loathsome, so I have a high level of respect for anyone who can stomach the feeling of it drying on their hands. My skin is literally crawling thinking about it); so I tend to pester the ceramics artists to trade with me, and I am lucky enough that they oblige. This is this year’s haul:
It’s seriously one of my favourite things about being an artist – accumulating other people’s artwork. I have amassed a fine collection of artwork over the years, and I could go on a long rant about how wonderful handmade is and why it’s important, but I will save that for another occasion.
My second favourite thing about doing the show is that I get to see people I haven’t seen in years who come out to say hi and sometimes buy something. Honestly, I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate the support of my friends and family, and I’m always surprised by who responds to my weeks of Facebook pestering about the show by coming. It’s awesome.
Not one to be left out, the other aforementioned cat has shown up to be adorable.
So show went well, I am pleased, and as it stands 2014 was one I would deem a success in my artistic career. I have lots of new work cooking and things I’m working on, so my resolution for 2015 is to be a bit less procrastinatey.
More pictures of cats.