Friday, July 16, 2010

Anniversary

I just realized that it's been a little over a year since I began this blog. At the time, I was having a bit of a difficult time going from a very structured academic day to the new found freedom of retirement. I found that I wasn't using my time constructively and spent my days floundering from one thing to another; not really accomplishing anything worthwhile. Also, I was missing the daily artistic stimulation that was provided by my students and colleagues. After 35 years of working in a vibrant creative environment, I was adrift in time and solitude and needed to reinvent my daily routine - quickly.

I was very happy when my husband presented me with a laptop as a retirement gift. Once I discovered the art of "surfing the net", I was amazed at the number of excellent sites related to printmaking and began to use my computer as a means to find interesting projects and exhibitions. Just for the fun of it (and I didn't really know what I was doing) I decided to start a blog to record my progress.



On my drawing table, is the just completed edition of 50 prints for the Littlest Print Exchange, which I completed yesterday.

As I look back on the past year, I'm happy with what I've accomplished. I've found a way to add some structure to my day that helps me set goals and keeps me focused on my work. As an added and unexpected bonus, I've met some great artists and printmakers on line that have been inspiring and supportive. I've found some interesting projects and exhibitions to participate in and I'm happy that I've been able to establish a healthy studio work routine. Now to keep it up!

4 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary, Melody. And good for you for finding a routine that works for you. I have been lucky to share a studio space with another printmaker, thus avoiding some of the isolation you have gone through. Keep reaching out to those generous and nurturing printmakers online and in person. It is only going to get better every year.

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