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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Search For Balance and Focus

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Lest you think I've been sitting on my duff--think again. I have been!
Painting that is!
I've completed my Winter in NY series--but may add one more piece to the mix if I have a chance.
Time. Time. Time. It's a constant struggle to make enough time to do what we love to do.

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Staying up till 1-2am most nights will wear at you especially if you are working
full time during the day. Oddly enough, I'm really not complaining. Just
working on ways to keep my energy level up and to BE THERE for everyone and
everything. Maybe there's not a way to do it all. Maybe some do it better than others.

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I do feel blessed that I learned determination from my Mother.
It's a trait she instilled in us to keep plugging away at whatever it
is that we want to do and not give up.
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So, now I'm working on a way to make my dream a reality and
to be able to really afford it. That is, I am working towards being
a full time working artist and have a nest egg stashed away so I don't
fret in the down times. It's going to require me to work my tail off for
2-3 years doing it all. Maybe working 14-16-18 hours a day some days.
It's going to require me to pay down my debt and stash a good chunk of
money away in savings for those down times that will surely come like an
ebb and flow. I met with my local artist guild this evening and this was a
very hot topic for many of us. The beauty of doing what you love comes with
a price. The worries, the anxiety, the struggle, and then the joy, the passion, the
self satisfaction follow--sometimes on a daily basis.
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One thing that resonated with everyone, is to do what you love because
if you wait until a better day, a better year, a better time....it may be too
late. But you also must do what pays the bills and be smart in how you
market yourself, your work, your products. Be willing to change if the
times are changing, the trends, the competition. Stay a step ahead, but
at the same time--stay with you heart. Everything else will come together.
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For me, it's a matter of creating a body of work that is distinctly mine and
getting myself out in the world in the way I want to be known, to be heard.
Finding a niche and exploring every angle of it. In order to do this, I need
to be fully committed, and 100% dedicated. I am. I will be. But there are days of
doubt. But I am grateful I am able to do this now, I'm grateful for finding it in
me again after a long respite of 20 years or so.
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These pieces are for a collection that I will be offering at the Fayetteville
Museum of Art. The good news I eluded to in my earlier post was that I
am going to be their featured artist in their show starting November 7th. I can
hardly believe it! Me???? How did this happen? Would you believe, I was
found by one of the directors through my Etsy shop because of my little itty
bitty magnets?? My magnets. And then one thing led to another and before I knew it,
they asked me to do this. Amazing. I'm blessed, I'm lucky, and I'm honored all at the
same time. I'm also energized even more so than ever to keep pushing myself
to do better work, and to keep up my pace with even more determination.

I hope that doors continue to open, but in order for that to happen, I must keep
my eye to the future and roll with the punches and take the opportunities that
are put before me and run with it. Thank you for your support. I greatly appreciated
comments!


To see more of these pieces-please check out my flickr page!
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For the winners of my contest, I haven't forgotten about you--apologize for the
mail delay. I will get your prizes out to you as soon as possible!!

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I hope that whatever it is in your heart that stirs a passion and determination, you
follow your dreams and chase after it with every bit of resolve that you can muster.
Things will happen for you! It's the Secret of life!!!! :)

12 comments :

Penny A said...

I am SO tickled for you! Your work has taken on fabulous new dimensions in the past year; and the success of your online presence has produced fantastic yield for yoou labors. I know that it is not easy, but your enthusiasm and passion for your work help you make it look that way. Congratulations, my friend! You deserve all this and more -- and it will continue to come, because you will continue to seek it out. Onward and upward!
- p

PCarriker said...

Love the new color scheme Jodi, it so reminds me of winter, and that pop of red is awesome!
xoxo,
Pam

starrynightimpressions said...

congrats to you lucysweetlucy!
and thank you for such inspirational words. Us artists are a complicated and crazy people and so blessed to find our way in this world through art!
Persistence in chasing our dreams....

starrydeborah

Heidi said...

The new pieces are just gorgeous! I love the color scheme and the fleur de lis and the tree branches. They look very wintery. I am SO proud of you and excited for you! I has only been a few years since you started really painting again and already you're featured in a national publication and showing in a museum! WOW! I'm just thrilled to pieces for you. :)

Nanette said...

I really like the new color scheme and the directions you are heading with your work. Great things happen to great people. You deserve all that you are reaping.

Alisa Nordholt-Dean said...

Beautiful new pieces!!! Congrats on being a featured artist at the museum!!!! You are definitely one of the most determined people that I know...I have no doubt you'll achieve your dream of being a full-time artist.

Glenda-TwoCoolTexans said...

Jodi, that is the most incredible news ever! Great things do indeed happen to great people and you are the absolute best. Congrats on the good, good news. And, hey, I think the color scheme just turned out breathtaking. I absolutely love it.

NANCY LEFKO said...

Big time congratulations...you are very deserving and I hope you are enjoying every minute of this !!

Your new body of work is stunning.....way to go !!!!!

createitcottage said...

Congrats on the feature at the gallery!! I love this color scheme! The pieces are beautiful!!

Tess said...

Jodi, My Nov./Dec. issue of Cloth Paper Scissors arrived in my mailbox yesterday. I was thrilled last night to find you in those wonderful pages. Your write-up was excellent, your beautiful houses jumped off the pages. I am so pleased for you and thrilled to see an artist I admire making her way in the world of art. You show that we can and do indeed re-create ourselves every now and then. Congrats on the show too. I love these new houses, so Halloweeny and dreamy and wintery and the pics you took do great at showing all of the wonderful texture these pieces have. Well done dear lady, well done!

Tess said...

Jodi, My Nov./Dec. issue of Cloth Paper Scissors arrived in my mailbox yesterday. I was thrilled last night to find you in those wonderful pages. Your write-up was excellent, your beautiful houses jumped off the pages. I am so pleased for you and thrilled to see an artist I admire making her way in the world of art. You show that we can and do indeed re-create ourselves every now and then. Congrats on the show too. I love these new houses, so Halloweeny and dreamy and wintery and the pics you took do great at showing all of the wonderful texture these pieces have. Well done dear lady, well done!

Rebecca said...

I love this piece. It's so haunting. Will it be for sale?

You are on a roll my artsy friend. :)