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January 24, 2015

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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  

 

 

 

Crazy Ideas and Schedule News

September 18, 2008

  I’ve started working at ArtWorks to take over from a GREAT person, Ken Smith. I’m feeling even luckier just getting to know him. Awesome human being there!  If you ever get a chance to take a drawing class with him, I highly recommend it.  He lives and breathes drawing and just from that standpoint, what a coup to have him as a teacher.  I have it on my “BIG” list to take some of his  drawing classes.  I hope sooner rather than later but you know how it goes when you’re a teacher? You usually don’t have time to take classes !

  Speaking of which: where will I be next?  I’ll be teaching in the Seattle area exclusively through January. Here’s the schedule after that:

Feb. 3-9 – Tucson Gem Show. I’ll be teaching at Manning House and J.O.G.S. International Exhibit at the Tucson Expo Center (www.mhbeadshow.com) and (http://www.artbeadcircle.com/index.php?option=com_classes)

March 12-14 – Santa Fe Bead Fest! (www.beadfest.com)

March 19-21 – Miami. I’ll be teaching two workshops (metal etching and polymer clay) for the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild (www.sfjag.org).   Details should appear there at some point.

March 24-29 – Orlando. And here’s a crazy idea: I’m creating my own conference!

  The first ever Touch Point Conference on expanding creativity, your business and your art will start in Orlando!  Please email me to get on the mailing list for more info as it becomes available: meredith@mereditharnold.com

  The vision for this conference series is to provide visual artists with methods and tools to expand their creativity, expand their options and gain a better understanding of being an artist in business.   I hope to see you there!