There's a mental game that goes on while one is running. Just keep going until the next tree, now keep running until that bridge, etc, etc until you finally reach the end of the race. I find that I use this same mental stamina to get myself through classes and projects until I finally reach the end. There's rarely a week that goes by when I don't find myself threatening to quit, but I keep hanging on and pushing through until I make it to the end.
While the scale may be a big motivational factor in running, I find motivation in other places when it comes to making art. Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC. They currently have a show up entitled Wonder that features room sized installations by artists like Patrick Dougherty, Tara Donovan, Janet Echelman and Maya Lin. While I was there I was reminded of a conversation I once had with a former instructor about how, as artists, we should all have the goal of getting our work into the Met some day. Forget the Met, I want a room at the Renwick now! It's really nice getting these little art "second winds" to get me motivated and inspired for the next round of creating. Can't wait to see what comes out in the next few months.
If anyone is interested, I do have a couple of shows coming up in the next few months. The graduate ceramics group at Ft Hays State University will be putting together a group show that will run during the NCECA conference in Kansas City this March. The show will be at The Red Lady Gallery in Kansas City and will run March 16-19. The gallery is a short fifteen minute walk from the conference, so I hope to see you there if you come to KC this spring!
June 16-July 17 I will be exhibiting in the North Gallery at Spark Gallery in Denver. Hope to see you all there, as well!
As always, I hope you all are well. Also, my apologies to any of you who have commented on my blog posts. Being eternally a day late and a dollar short, I just recently realized that I was not getting email notifications when people were leaving comments on my blog. I will try and be more on top of that this year, though please be patient with me as I get easily distracted ;)
Finally, here are some images from the show at the Renwick.