When I applied to hang my Living Spaces series in the local arts centre, I figured by next May I would have quite a nice selection of pieces to pick and choose from. When they suggested I fill in for an absence this November, a good half a year earlier than expected, and I said "OK!" I suspected that I could pull it off. There are some tricky bits that involve writing copy, sending photos, coming up with a marketing strategy, all on an October 1st deadline, but I think it's going fine. I should have enough artwork now that I can stop and focus on other things.
Like cleaning up the burnt out garden.
My poor neglected smoke bush burned off all of its leaves during the heatwave, but it has decided to try again with a new batch. Personally, I think it's a bit of a waste, considering he is less than a month away from doing the autumn tumble anyway, but what do I know. I could easily have just watered him on time and saved him the trouble. Just saying.
And this 2nd attempt at a wild european blackberry seems to be working out better. It's acting like I didn't just dig it out with a dried stick and toss it on the back of my bicycle. I finally got to make wooden labels for my plants, because I like to know how many years they've survived. I think about all of the ones I've lost, especially the ones I really really liked. I think about what pretty labels I could have made for them (-_-)
Honestly, I'm not sure if the Calamondin will get through another winter. It seems... tired.
I'm trying out a little sketchbook project on the side - I came across some interesting watercolour styles, which inspired me to study some artists who have cool styles. We didn't do stuff like this in high school, so I'm taking the time now. This Watterson study is my favourite. I was thinking of trying out five styles, and then painting an image of my own 5 times using each style. I'm no longer sure how I'm going to approach the end bit, but now that I've blasted through my painting list, I have time to settle down and work on less urgent stuff like this.
Or working on a zine for the art show.
Or uploading things onto redbubble.
Or doing Inktober.
Or reorganizing my inventory sheets. I'm using excel to keep track of my artwork and all that. I want to add tiny photos for each listing, but they disappear or shrink whenever I save/open the sheet. Such a waste of time to redo it constantly! Suggestions?
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?