School is never really over when you're self-taught, so I have been watching some Art:21 broadcasts, which are wonderful. There have been a number of them that I've watched and so I can't give all the details, but it's amazing to see artists at work, with assistance and big shows at museums. It reminds me to keep at it and that it is possible to make your living at art. I like the energy of a lot of the artists, who just get an idea and then explore it until they are satisfied.
I was in my first Portland craft fair this weekend. I didn't sell much but I got some other things out of it. For one, I was invited to submit work to their consignment shop. I met someone who I might do a show with when my series is ready. I got a lot of positive feedback on my work. Also, a good portion of my Portland friends were able to make it out and support me. I won't be able to do the next one mid January, but I was told that things pick up for February because of Valentine's day. So I am going to try to make sets for two to sell there and at my online store.
I took a class on feather earring making this Friday. It wasn't difficult at all, and it was lots of fun! If I didn't already know that I wanted to do surface design for a living I might make feather earrings, although a lot of people are making them right now. Anyways, it was nice to make a couple of pairs for myself and I got supplies to make one more pair. I need to remember to make stuff that doesn't have anything to do with my work sometimes. It makes me feel a lot better.
I am still working on my three large commissions. They sure take a long time! In the future I will charge more for them, as they are a little trickier than if they were small pieces. But I am happy that I have these ones.
I've written up my new lesson plan under that section of my blog. Check it out! Also, I'm going to go reserve the drawing book from the library.