I am taking stock of my skills and I am reevaluating my goals for the future. This was sparked by an extensive interview questionnaire sent to me by the curators of World of Threads. Two full days on the computer, formulating answers to serious questions, sorting through and resizing images that will accompany this on-line interview have provided the focus to evaluate the creative path I am currently traveling on.
In the past, frequent moves (as in: packing all your belongings into boxes, listing and selling your home, finding and buying a new house…) often provided new starting points for me. This time I am not considering a move but I am keenly aware of my shift in interest and presentation of subject matter just during the past six months.
Photography has taken a hold of me and is quickly becoming my great obsession for 2012! The solo exhibition opening this August features my change in direction: I am combining textiles with photography for the first time. The early responses to the work is very positive and has ignited a fire in me that yearns for a time to explore and understand digital photography in a formal setting. I began to share my vision with friends and fellow artists and, lo and behold, an opportunity presented itself!
I have done it! I registered for a photography course at the historical Kenderdine campus at Emma Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. Nearly six days of capturing “the sweet light” at dawn and dusk, seeking reflections of reeds in the water, recording the “big picture” of landscape photography right down to my own interest of focusing on the abstract realism of macro photography. It’s in my future! To make this amazing class even more pertinent, the class time will concentrate on mastering Adobe Photoshop – something I can only embrace by being immersed in an environment that does not distract, and a teacher close by to help with trouble shooting!
I can’t wait! There are still several weeks and a number of commitments that need to be fulfilled. I consider the photography workshop my reward for working hard – and at the same time I know it will be a learning opportunity that is second to none. It’s my next chance to “fill the well!”
What do you do to stay fresh, ignite excitement and continue on your creative path? Feel free to comment and share!