Pure, unadulterated excitement

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited and stimulated.  I’ve been working on the book for several hours every day for about two weeks now, and I’m finding myself to be positively and completely addicted to the project. It’s gotten to the point that I don’t even want to sleep, which is crazy because I usually value my sleep so much.  I’ve been having to tear myself away from my laptop in the middle of the night, and even then I’ve been having trouble sleeping because my mind is racing thinking about the book. It’s all I can talk about and I think I’m driving my husband a little crazy.

I’m starting to receive comments and feedback on the first draft from a number of people. I made certain to ask people who are at different points of their careers: freshman, upperclassmen, recent graduates, graduate students, recent MFA graduates, beginning teachers, mid career teachers, and a few highly seasoned, senior faculty.  The comments are absolutely fascinating to read, and have asked questions that have given me a lot to think about:

How do you recover a ruined relationship with a professional in the art world? 

Where and how could you find some artist friends outside of school? 

I’ve come up with my answers in my draft, but I’m curious to hear from you!


2 thoughts on “Pure, unadulterated excitement

  1. as regards finding artist friends outside school- feed people

    i found everyone was too busy to get together but would go to openings and gallery functions.
    decided to take a page from the networking gatherings my husband attends and set up a monthly potluck. started small it began to grow organically . (our food is much better)

    asking everyone to bring one artist friend led to others. having all so relaxed with the food and wine we swap information while learning more about each other, opportunities some of us would never know about, sources for materials-the tapestry weaver lamenting lack of local wool while the new person knowing someone that spins and custom dyes her own- a match made . happy artists all around.

    new friends

    we also include people in the art world – writers, gallery owners, collectors (as my collector friend says we all need someone to sit in the sidelines and cheer for us(and purchase work)……. we have grown from sitting around the table to balancing plates on knees while perched on a footstool. it has become a nice way to keep in touch and a very good tool to keep up with what’s going on in the art world .

    one other thing we all try to do is share a piece of work, show new directions, pick brains to work out problems,get critiques. fresh insight is nice.

    i also learned , ask everyone’s work you are interested in -they may be interested in yours- the most they can say is no or not this month please ask me again, you would be surprised who will come.

    c l bigelow

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