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If you follow my blog posts (and don't worry if you haven't, because truth be told I've spent about the last year and half debating if I should be blogging in the first place), you would have read my post about that awkward moment when I tell people what I "do". Once that moment is over, the next question is usually, "when did you start doing that?"
Let me explain.
As with most college students, when I was getting ready to graduate, my plan was to take over the world...with my art of course. I set out to be a freelance illustrator. I made countless appointments and schlepped my portfolio to art directors upon art directors; anyone within a 50 mile radius of Philadelphia. Although I got a few jobs here and there, I found most art directors didn't really understand my work at the time. And, if steady work wasn't going to come in soon, I was going to have to go in to survival mode. So, I got a full-time job as a graphic designer. I worked an agency for a few years, and while there, I got married, moved to New jersey and my 90 minute commute turned in to a three hour commute.
That got old fast.
So I quit.
My husband and I started a family and I started doing odd jobs on a part-time basis to help ease finances, fitting things in around nap times and when I could conveniently get a sitter. As my kids got older and my time freer, there of getting back in to "my art" was whispering min my ear.
Since I had been out of the loop for a little while, I knew I had to spruce up my portfolio. I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures of anything and everything I thought I could use for reference photos for future art projects. You know, what does a kid eating ice cream look like, or a chair with a pillow on it taken in every conceivable angle.
The things is, I realized I liked taking the pictures more than trying to reproduce them in another media. I found myself composing, cropping and enhancing, and a new art form was born.
Over the years, probably about 10 or so, I've experimented with different subjects and different techniques. I like where I am now, but I never stop learning. So stick around, because you never know when something new and unusual is going to pop up!
I'm mostly a private person. I don't like to put myself out there. I think it's mostly because I am a little embarrassed, lack some self confidence and feel that people are just going to think I am an idiot for thinking I have any talent.
So, this is about as out of my comfort zone as I can get. A behind the scenes look at part of what makes me, me.
I have a little room downstairs in my basement where the magic happens (just kidding, but not really). To the left is my art table. It was a really big deal when I bought this. It was a bit expensive, but I had to have it because I thought it would make me feel more like an artist. It mostly houses a variety of art supplies I also had to have, but actually never use, because I thought it would make me feel more like an artist. I do create mosaics. You can see my completed mosaic mirror/planter sitting on top. Mosaics are my therapy.
At the end of the room is my filing cabinet that contains the picture file I started in college. What's a picture file you ask? Well boys and girls, back in the olden days, PI (pre-internet), we had to actually cut pictures out of magazines to use as reference photos. For some reason I can't seem to let go of them. It must be the hoarder in me.
You can see my computer. I have an enormous screen and I love it! It is surrounded by a calendar, a note pad and a bunch a random pieces of paper with lists and ideas, that I will eventually look through to find what I was thinking about last week, but won't find because I probably threw it away.
I have two printers, a Wacom tablet a fax machine and as you can see on the right several framed photographs from previous gallery exhibitions stacked against the wall.
They are all for sale. (plug, plug, plug)
Today I am updating my website, looking for exhibitions to enter, balancing my check book, laundry and writing a press release.
What's on your plate?