I am way overdue for an update or even just a blog post. Summer is winding down, and I have been busy traveling and preparing for my new full time art teacher job.
Good news! I completed my 100 Days Project on July 10th – the day before I flew out to the East Coast to visit family and to do some touristy learning things like visit Gettysburg, the Flight 93 Memorial, the monuments on the National Mall in D.C. and the National Gallery of Art.
A Lot Can Happen in 100 Days!
With no further ado, I give you a 10×10 collage of all 100 of my daily black and white pattern sketches.
To see larger images of each one, visit my 100 Days of Patterns page.
So, what exactly happened in the 100 days that I worked on this project?
- I was not looking for a job, but the right opportunity came along. I applied for, interviewed, taught a lesson that I designed in front of a group of students as part of my interview process, interviewed again and after being offered the job, accepted it.
- Knowing that I would be busy this next school year, I decided to book travel to the east coast to visit family and to do a little sight seeing with my daughter.
- My daughter informed me that she wanted to transfer colleges – a bit late I might add. We scrambled for the better part of June to visit schools and to compile application materials just in the knick of time.
- I managed to make enough ceramic work and participate in a soda firing in June.
- I’ve been preparing like crazy for my new job. I’ve never taught year round in a school setting before, so the learning curve is fairly steep. I’ve taught after school classes, summer camps, etc., but never mapped out a defined curriculum. Challenge accepted!
What lies ahead for me from a personal art making stand point?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot. How can I continue making work while holding down a full time job?
The good news is that I’ll be teaching from September – May and will have most of the summer and all the normal holiday breaks off. I will be making less work, but hopefully more meaningful work.
I enjoyed the 100 Days Project so much. It reinvigorated a love of working in two dimensions. I’ve worked hard in the last 2 years to bring an element of painting and drawing to my ceramic work and it’s something that I want to continue doing. I also want to make the tile version of my 100 Days Project that I originally planned doing.
There will be an adjustment – of that I am sure. In the meantime, I have stopped soliciting Meet the Artist Interview series, though I am still willing to share others work if anyone is interested. Simply contact me through this form.
I also plan to cut back down my posting from 3x a week to 1x a week. Why add extra stress to my life.
In the meantime, I’m slowly starting to make work for the Fall Colorado Potters Guild Show. It’s on November 2-4, 2017. More information to follow.