sound of the new year flying by

January 04, 2008 in Art as a professiontopics:,

It’s another new year. To borrow the wisdom of Douglas Adams: I love new years, I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. It has been an eventful year, and it feels like it is on the cusp of even more. It has become a tradition online to blog about what you’ve accomplished or experienced in the past year, so here’s some of my thoughts:

This past year I turned 40. A milestone, with the stress on the stone part. Everyone seems to have certain birthdays that are harder than others, and this was mine. I decided to celebrate it very quietly, in hopes that it wouldn’t notice me sitting there. It just seems like a very concrete and mature age, and I still feel like a 20-something.

Our family has grown again with the birth of our daughter. Our family dynamics have been shifting and scrambling for footing as her personality grows stronger (and stronger!). It’s amazing to see our two kids, watch them grow, see them learn. Just today our three-year old son asked me: “what’s inside our eyes?” Amazing. It blows me away how brilliant these kids are. I just hope I call help them get started in life, then get out of their way and watch them fix the problems of the world.

My business, Modern Ketubah, will soon hit its fifth anniversary. I’m still amazed at the success of this business, and how it lets me make a living as an artist. Very soon I’ll have made my 700th ketubah — that’s 700 couples who have chosen my art to symbolize their marriage. It’s amazing, and humbling.

Art-wise it’s been an interesting year. Through the help of one of Alyson‘s classes I met a group of like-minded artists. We started chatting, and quickly formed an energetic and supportive online community that is still going strong.

This fall I also re-energized my studio time. I realized that I had been getting lazy, and spending less and less time making art. So I rethought my workday, and how I balance my time making art with running a business. After injecting myself with a little discipline, I managed to have two of my most productive months in a long time. And as a result, I feel my art is getting better, thematically and technically.

I also started to make more progress towards selling my art. Babysteps really, but at least its progress. I created online portfolios on Trunkt, Etsy, and Boundless. I placed my art again in The Guild Residental Art Sourcebook. And I began offering my works-in-progress for sale.

That’s it for now. I wish you all the best in the new year. Na zdrowie!

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