Our arrival home found me developing a sudden case of ESS. A serious condition better known as Empty Studio Syndrome. Which means only one thing for there's only one cure, it's time to fill the studio back up with love and color.
With the hustle and lots of bustle associated with wrapping up my artistic to do list, I hadn't the opportunity to plan or even think about what's next for me as I navigate this New Year's goals - hopes - and dreams. It's a brand spanking new start, and already it shows sign of opportunity. But opportunity only knocks, it's ones self that has to open the door and say come on in. I'm opening the door and just sort of hanging out at the moment, and while hanging out... I paint. Whether the pieces are destined to replace sold pieces in the cafe or fill my Etsy shop, the creativity doesn't/can't cease.
It's my routine.
A self care regimen.
My husband and I hung all of my work in the span of three hours at the cafe, a team as we always are we placed nails, balanced canvases, and attached labels with titles and prices. It was heart warming to watch cafe patrons gaze upon my work, eavesdrop as they chatted amongst themselves, and in some cases actually offer praise. Upon completion we hopped from business to business on Oakland Ave. dropping off reception invites and chatting with friendly shop owners. A visit to Warwick Thai for a bite to eat with my other recent works (and each other) seemed only appropriate after that.
Now that the work is actually up, I can finalize plans for my open reception, which is only a few days away. I was feeling pretty anxious and nervous about the reception, but something about placing the work made me feel more confident and excited. I plan on finger sized desserts, wraps, refreshments, and bottles of old fashioned soda. At the moment I can't even imagine so many people I love and that love me under one roof. I'm not used to being the center of attention, and the lone wolf within would like to run for the hills... but this is a big opportunity and letting fear get in the way is stupid.
This new year has me feeling really inspired. I feel like something big is on the horizon... or maybe it's just possibility that tastes like honey in my mouth.