One: Extracurricular

extracurricular, exhibitions, preparations, greeting cards

Extracurricular activities flood this time of year. They may not keep me out of my studio. And they may include creative inspiration. However, they do not add to my inventory for shows and sales.

The last minute

Christmas is coming. The garden requires winterizing. Last minute (what would I do without it?) jobs await finishing before the snow falls. Has that happened already? Things like sealing windows, landscaping projects that could be dangerous if left undone, emptying the water barrel so it will not burst, etc. In conclusion, a rescheduling is needed.

When I looked at what I had already printed I decided to upgrade the quality.
Reprinting Christmas cards

Extracurricular jobs

Some would say I am distracted. Indeed. My priorities go beyond business. Family and family fun are included. On the other hand, preparations for Christmas are not strictly extracurricular as I include clients on my list for greetings and a special gift for being so supportive. As a result, I have a few projects on the go including lino printing, screen printing, two DEVENIR productions on paper as well as a few new paintings for my next series which I have not as yet named.

A new series

The new series will be part of my solo show in November next year at VASA. Come January my priority will be production for the solo as I manoeuvre between exhibitions beginning in February from Stony Plain to Canmore and Salmon Arm. Exciting times!

Extracurricular activities included placement of stones in a pathway. So fun!
Ready for puzzle solving

Curbed the danger

In the meantime, I was delighted this week to finish my landscaping at our rental in Legal. I had left the walkway half done. I do enjoy putting down stone pathways. The irregular shapes are a puzzle. The different depths challenge leveling, a problem solved with enough depth of sand or gravel. And I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. Next time.

Preparations for a mixed media workshop, the eight by eight paper project, a new series in various stages of production.
So many exciting projects

A few shows

So, over the next few months, I will turn my attention to creating a colouring book with a family legend for my children and their children. Lino prints make Christmas cards. Perhaps a few extra will be for sale during the VASA member show; they will not be ready for CAVA. I will give some thought to the two DEVENIR productions and I may resolve some technical issues. In any case I will begin experimenting.

Perhaps some baking

All in all, extracurricular activities will keep me busy for a while. I may add some baking to the list and a few repairs around the house. Then our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary is fast approaching too. We may disappear for a while. All is good; all is well. Life is full.