I don't know if there is a Blogtober thing happening this year, but I thought I might hold my own personal one. I know I'll fall over if I try to do it every single day, and it's already the 2nd of October, so I'm making it my goal to post every second day.
So welcome to my first Blogtober post!
I'm working towards a deadline at present. It's amazing how great a deadline is for motivation, and because this deadline is an exhibition of sorts, it's also been amazing how great it's been for my creative output.
I lead a busy life. I'm a mum to two growing kids, a midwife, an artist, and a wife to a busy man. We've moved house twice this year, sold our boat, I've moved out of my studio, we're renovating the house we are in, we're tackling the horrendous garden on our rental property, and now we are in the process of selling my husband's shares in his two businesses.
So I could easily make excuses. And sometimes I do. But excuses do not make good art. Ever since I read about Jane Sassaman making art on her kitchen table for years and what she achieved using whatever tiny space she had, I've known that if I want it badly enough, I just have to make do with what space and time I have, and just do it.
But a deadline sure helps that 'just do it' attitude!
My deadline is the KOAST art trail. Kerikeri holds a very successful art trail over Labour weekend every year. I can't take part because I'm not physically in Kerikeri, but this year they've invited me to be one of their guest artists, exhibiting at a shared location. I'm really excited and honoured to be chosen and looking forward to the experience as I've never been a part of anything like this yet.
If you want to make a long weekend of it, you can use the contact form here and order a KOAST trail guide. Kerikeri and The Bay of Islands has great accomodation if you are from out of town and want to make a weekend of it.
So there we have it, my first Blogtober post. It wasn't so hard. And now I must get back to making art.