Someday May Never Come

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
-- The Summer Day, Mary Oliver

I woke up yesterday morning to the headline that the Arrowmont Arts and Crafts School had been destroyed overnight in the Gatlinburg, TN wildfires. One of the first thoughts to cross my mind was I've always wanted to take a workshop there but kept putting it off for one reason or another. And now it was gone. An opportunity lost.

Fortunately the headline was wrong and Arrowmont survived with only the loss of two dormitories. But I’ve been haunted since by the thoughts of how many opportunities I’ve let pass me by and how much I’ve missed out on in my life because I’ve always put work and someone else’s needs first.

As I’m planning for 2017, I'm setting new priorities. No more putting things off because “there’s always tomorrow, next week, next month, next year”. There will never be the “perfect time”. And someday may never come.

So, what about you? What's that one thing you keep putting off for "later"? Is it important enough to you to put everything else aside and make it happen in 2017? 

Back to the Garden

Back to the Garden I (2016)

Back to the Garden I (2016)

“We are stardust, we are golden, we are caught in the devil’s bargain,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.”
– Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

I’ve always had a soft spot for hippies. And to this day, I’m still fascinated by that period in time. The art, the music, the fashions… it all speaks to my soul on a level I can’t explain. I’ve been thinking a lot about the cultural shifts that happened and of the progress I thought we had made since then. Progress that I now see slipping away since the election.

I feel like I should be doing something. But I don’t know what to do. So I wait. And I deal with the anxiety and stress I’ve been feeling by getting back into my studio and creating.

Evolving Visions

I was in beautiful Golden, CO, last week for Art Biz Breakthrough. It was a wonderful and enlightening three days spent with other artists sharing stories and talking about building our art businesses.

We covered a lot of material in the three days but there was one question that stuck in my mind and occupied me during the flight home.

How do I want to be perceived as an artist?

A simple question but one that's at the core of any successful art career. I realized this week that how I want to be perceived as an artist is something I've been struggling with all year. It’s no longer just about the money but about making my mark on the world.

I came back to my studio energized and with a new vision. For my work and my art business. And part of that new vision is working with Alyson Stanfield in her Inner Circle program in 2017.