Remember me? I know that some of you do because, as neglected as it is, my blog still gets a fair number of visits each day. I haven’t been posting because I’ve been so busy. Yes, that busy for a whole year! I opened a custom framing shop last summer. (If you’re in the area, it’s Affordable Framing LLC in the Center Shops on Route 20 in East Granby, CT.) Being a small business owner is not just a job, it’s an adventure. It’s all-consuming. It’s exhausting. It’s exciting. It’s worth every single minute and every single penny I’ve put into it. I love what I’m doing!
The only complaint that I have is that I haven’t felt like I have time for art anymore. In fact, since it was apparently so easy to walk away from my art for almost an entire year, I was starting to question whether I really am an artist at all. The reality, however, is that I need to manage my time a little better. I’ve been reading Carol Marine’s “Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist.” Her book is full of sound advice, most of which I’ve heard before, but her candor is refreshing and is just exactly what I need right now. I feel re-energized. I’m busy, yes, but I should be able to sneak in an hour or so in the morning before I have to head over to my shop. So that’s the plan.
I had some free time yesterday, so here’s my first new artwork of the year. It’s a doodle I started months ago and finished up yesterday. Humble to be sure, but it’s artwork, it’s my artwork, and that makes me happy. Life it good.