Making a Video!

November 11, 2014

I know I have been rather quiet of late… I am in the midst of my wonderful, new project: teaching online for Craftsy.com. I have been in the pre-production phase for many weeks now. What does that mean? It involves creating a 7 part video first. The video comes down to figuring out what is important to teach, how to say it and show it as well as creating the pieces that show the methods on the way to the end result in at least 3 steps plus the finished piece: so think 4 pieces for each 'chapter' or segment. Wow. That's busy!

We film the video next week! I'm so excited to do this! But here is what happens as an artist: cycles of pure confidence in what I know and can teach but then…a crises of confidence: consuming nervous anticipation that I'll be a total flub on camera. It's crazy. Where does this come from? I know what I know. I can only be me. They can edit, stop, start, reshoot, edit and did I mention EDIT? BREATHE! It'll be fun. REEEEALLLLY!

 

  I had written a whole blog under this title when iPad crashed out and lost it…naughty iPad!  The title is actually a line from a Peter Gabriel song and it hit me like a ton of bricks…again.  This time it spoke to the constant striving I’ve been doing to get ‘there’, wherever ‘there’ is.  I asked myself: how do you know you’re ‘there’?  What if you’re ‘there’ and just don’t know it?  These seem like simple questions until you really start thinking about them.

  Some years ago I wished I were gainfully employed in the arts.  I wanted to be teaching artists, teaching my own art related classes, mentoring artists and making my own work.  I wanted my work in a gallery or two as well. 

  So I created programs to teach, made samples and pix of the samples, put together class descriptions, materials lists and pictures for proposals and sent them in to places I targeted.  I took on coordinating a 50 hour professional development program designed for artists for a college and the job of running a small art center part-time when that became available as well.  One day I realized that when I wasn’t In a classroom teaching or working on scheduling/growing the art center, I was putting together submissions for classes next quarter, next year, the next 4 shows, and so on.  I was working 24/7 or darn near to it as one could get.  I was blogging, keeping my website updated, juggling my scheduling, traveling, teaching and art center concerns.  This has gone on for a few years now and it was time to take stock.  What had I been doing?  Were we there yet?

  

  Fun artist’s website: http://www.fimp.net/index.html  

 

 

 

Can you tell I’m getting ready for a show?  I’ve sent out my announcements, left brochures everywhere I can think of and now I have to get to actually making some new things to flesh out what I have to offer…and the show is in 3 days.

I have never been in a studio tour and I haven’t sold my own work in years except off my website.  It’s a little nervewracking to know that I am going to be present to explain the work, see if it’s enjoyed…or not.   I have two major worries: I won’t have enough stuff to be worthy of being there and if that’s the case, wouldn’t it be awful to end up with nothing left on the second day?  I KNOW that will never happen and it’s not arrogance talking here.  It’s worry.  Of course if my work is awful, I will finish the weekend with all of it, won’t I?   So that begs the question: do I make some ugly stuff just so that I won’t worry?

I hope that made you laugh.  It’s a goofy thought but this is the sort of thinking that happens leading up to such an event which is probably why I stopped doing shows – that and the set up just to tear down thing.  I just make stuff and show it in my classes as samples.  I suppose trying to sell it is better then having it disappear in a class or from an exhibit which is how my work seems to leave me these days.  We’ll see.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  I’m sure it will be wonderful and satisfying but right now, that seems like just a dream.

In the meantime, I apologize for the lack of posts.  I’m in the studio making stuff!

Pictures of My Work

July 31, 2009

Here are some pictures of my work.  Let me know what you think!

Entire Word Chimes painting/collage.

Entire Word Chimes painting/collage.

Lady pin, fine silver, glass beads and polymer clay.

Lady pin, fine silver, glass beads and polymer clay.

'Tibetan Running Bird', Precious Metal Clay and colored pencil by Meredith Arnold

'Tibetan Running Bird', Precious Metal Clay and colored pencil by Meredith Arnold

Word Chimes #2

July 30, 2009

Another painting/collage in the Word Chimes series.

Another painting/collage in the Word Chimes series.

This is almost the entire painting.  I love the Japanese poetry writing paper!