Phase II took a little longer than I had anticipated, what with the holidays that are never the free-wheelin’ break time I anticipate they are going to be. However, I did manage to organize my space a wee bit and get it to a place where I could at least pull out some of my material and fool around. I’ve not produced anything new, but the creative juices are starting to flow, thank heavens. My next task is to buy myself a proper table to work at. When I was working in my old bedroom, I would lean the frames against my french doors (excellent light anyway) and hunker down on the ground to arrange my metal pieces and twist in the wire. I think they call it a “labour of love?” I was very productive but my poor back paid the price, as did my partner who had to hear me whine about it pretty much daily. A new mattress has solved some of the problem as has the fact that I haven’t worked on a piece for a month! That’s all about to change though, and I couldn’t be happier!
Since my last post, I found out that the house I am living in is being sold and sold quickly! I had already told the landlord that I was moving (to a house with a studio space – heaven). Within a week, things shifted into high gear. Within two days I had to have the place ready to show. This weekend there is an open house. Naturally this means that all my window frames, rusted metal, wire, and all tools associated with my art had to be packed up and moved out of my bedroom (my current “studio”) into the garage. I am material-less and completely unable to do any work. It’s a long hiccup I wasn’t quite anticipating.
If I didn’t have my studio space to look forward to in December, I would probably be feeling really down. Instead, I’ve temporarily substituted my material work for my other love, writing. I signed onto NaNoWriMo and have been madly typing up a novel I’ve started and dropped before. That is my bad habit. I’m good at starting things, not so good at seeing them through. Hence, this blog to keep me accountable and motivated.
So far, I’ve written about 13,000 words so I’m on track. The challenge now is to stay on it with the chaos of viewings, packing, purchasing for the new place, and unloading stuff I don’t need all happens within the vortex of my life. Happy November everyone!