These last few weeks have been really busy and exciting with all the hard work and anticipation of the shop update, getting ready for our first trip without our kids and of course I'm still teaching too. In the midst of all that I got some really exciting news: My drawings are going to be included in the critically acclaimed periodical New American Paintings! I'm thrilled but of course also experiencing my default response to great news of this sort...anxiety. I feel like I need to make a bunch of new work to have on hand as I have sold several of my last group of drawings.
A few years ago when I was a new mom I had sort of a professional crisis. Painting and drawing had been going pretty well but somehow when I became a mom that work seemed to lose a lot of it's meaning for me. I was making toys for my son and getting back into sewing little animals and dolls, an interest of mine since I was a child. I got a lot of joy from toy making and I wanted to do more with craft than just making things for my own kids. Not wanting to give up on drawing and painting I decided to pursue both my art and my craft in a kind of casual way. I was still at home with my kids (and still am) and felt like it was a good time for me to explore my options. I assumed that in time it would become clear to me which direction was best...toy making or art. That's not really how it has worked out. Now I feel like I'm a bit overextended in all areas and I'm still not sure what to do. I'm feeling now like it's time for me to make some drawings.
THAT SAID I also found out this past week that Fox and Owl has been accepted as a vendor for the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco this July! So I guess what that means is first of all, I've clearly got the luck of the Irish. Also that it's going to be another busy summer. This past update will be the last big group of toys in my shop for a while as I finish up some custom work, make pieces for Renegade and do some drawings.