After what seems like forever, there's finally some new art to share. Six new necklaces to be exact, that are listed over in my shop at the MMCA Marketplace online shop. I was going to wait for my new DVD from Sharilyn Miller to see if I could quick learn some new techniques to incorporate into these, but it got hung up somewhere in Minnesota, most likely due to a snowstorm. But it was fine, I used a few new to me techniques from this DVD instead, and now I can concentrate on learning more for the next round. But first I need to get away from the jewelry for a little while and get back in the studio & sling more paint. I hadn't worked in that room for a week or so, and when I walked in there the other day, it actually felt welcoming, I'm hoping this is a sign of good things coming!
These past couple of months I've had such a hard time concentrating on making art, at first because I was worried about this blood clot, but I can't control it, so I'm trying hard to not think about it, whatever happens, happens. But being blasted non stop by the media about this recession makes it difficult to think about anything else. Yes, there's the option of turning off the TV, not watching the news or reading a paper, but it's not enough. A good friend of mine is losing her business, and foreclosure proceedings have started against both her business property & her home. Another friend's husband lost his job before Christmas and neither one of them has been able to find full time jobs. And we just sit & watch our hard earned 401k shrink at an alarming rate. And I'm sure that you all have similar stories & experiences, and it breaks my heart to see these bad things happening to good people. So what do we do? I say we try our best to keep a positive attitude, hope & pray that this starts to turn around and keep people in their homes. The good news is that most of us have such a stash of art supplies, that we can keep working, creating beauty if for no other reason than hoping it'll bring a smile to someone's face. We can keep working to get better at what we do, move forward, and someday soon look back & say we did it-we survived! So lets have some fun, create, share, learn, and hang on for dear life.