Gosh it seems like ages since I've been here.... probably because it has been! I had a lot going on in the past couple of weeks and fell off the wagon. And the longer you're off the wagon, the harder it is to climb on again. For me anyway.
To update from my last post - Art Raleigh was not a good show. It was supposed to be part of a larger celebration called Raleigh Wide Open. Only problem was, RWO was held on one street, with thousands of people, and the art show was on a parallel street with no obvious connection between the two. Consequently we artists only got a tiny trickle of visitors. To add insult to injury, it rained most of the day. Temps were supposed to be in the 90's so I dressed accordingly and forgot to bring a jacket... we never got out of the low 70's so I was uncomfortably chilly all day. (And if it sounds like I'm whining... I am)! I did sell 2 small originals though, so the day, although miserable, wasn't a total loss.
On a brighter note, I left the next morning for Silk in Santa Fe, an intensive week-long event of silk painting workshops, presentations and wearable and fine art exhibitions. I taught one workshop, took another, and was a panelist on a discussion called 'Finding Your Voice'. It was wonderful to network with the 70-80 other silk painters there and see their work. The event was held at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), a lovely campus situated on a mesa and surrounded by mountains. The air is so clear, the mountains look like they're stenciled onto the sky. And the cafeteria food was incredibly good - all fresh, local stuff.
Right after returning home it was time to get ready for a family visit and another trip out of town to watch my 14-yr old cousin take part in... and win... the girls division of a junior surfing competition in Kitty Hawk, N. Carolina.