It’s been a very busy November. Too much busy-ness. My ‘Daily Musings’ looks like it’s going to be a ‘Not So Daily’ Musings kind of post. Today, and every day for the past week or two… I can’t even remember how long now… I’ve been working on prints inventory. Mounted prints, mostly. I brought some to Kingston Square Arts last weekend, and some to War Eagle Mill’s gallery. Now I need some for the Holiday Gift Market in Fayetteville, to be delivered Dec. 1, and a bunch for the Little Craft Show on Dec. 7. Today I worked on a commission sculpture, and that was a nice departure. Here’s a pic of the mushrooms I made as part of that.
Then I worked on signage for my booth.
I’d placed an order for more supplies early this week when I realized I needed more things to make more mounted prints, but they didn’t get delivered today as I’d hoped. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I feel a time crunch coming on, offering even more than the ordinary amount of busy-ness that would be going on without a holiday thrown in for fun.
December is when I usually review my goals and ideas for the coming year. This is the first full year of staying focused on one thing for the most part. I did pretty good at it, but I feel myself beginning to spread a bit thin trying to build inventory for craft shows. The inventory I *want* to build is for art shows. That means original paintings. And to have time to create those, I have to stop spending so much time making prints. But I need to keep getting the prints out there, because that helps my work get seen by more people. And the little bit of income it brings is nice, too. So it’s a catch-22.
All of this ‘busy-ness’ is making me really think about my plans for next year. Some of what I’m doing now will not need to be done again. Like the signage for my booth. I can use these for every show I do in the future. I’m mounting them on foam core so they’ll be durable enough to last a long while. But I’m thinking I might not want to do many events next year.
Maybe I just want to paint. And make paints.
Anyway, there’s my musings for the day. All day I’ve been dreaming of not being so busy, haha. I have a garden to get ready for this coming spring, and art to create, and a husband in the desert to visit soon. December 7 is the last of the busy ‘inventory season’ for me, I think. After that I’m going to slow it way down.
What do you do to solve the problem when you find your days filled with busy-ness?
Madison Woods is an author, artist, and Paleo Paint maker living
with her husband in northwest Arkansas far off the beaten path. She uses Ozark pigments to create her paintings.
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To see exhibit locations click here.
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