2013: My Year of Visual Art

I’ve been remiss in keeping my artist blog up-to-date. I started this blog last June in an effort to rekindle my passion for creating visual art. I’d like to say that the reason that I haven’t been posting is because I’ve been busy painting, drawing, and experimenting with new mediums. The truth is I’ve allowed my poetry to dominate my time – which is definitely not a bad thing at all. In 2012, I had more individual poems poems published than in any previous year. Also, two friends, Jayne Marek, Mary Sexson, and I started a poetry group called Company of Women which had many “gigs” between May and December and kept us all traveling between Toledo and Indianapolis on a regular basis for our readings. Again, not a bad thing at all.

Then there’s that little thing called employment that keeps me busy, and as an adjunct instructor of creative writing classes and assorted composition classes for two community colleges I have a lot of student writings to tend to besides my own. This is not a bad thing at all as: A) I enjoy my students, and teaching, and B) I need the income.

Toward the end of 2012, I found out through more many medical tests than I ever had in my life that I had a large gallstone and that my gallbladder needed to be removed. This was both a good and a bad thing – it was a good thing that it was discovered before the stone moved to block any number of ducts that would cause me a lot of pain and send me to the ER at any given time. The bad thing – as an adjunct, I have no medical insurance. Having debt is a stressful thing…and as a starving artist through the years I’ve learned to deal with not having money, but the stress is still a burden. But by going back to school I thought that maybe, just maybe, after I had my degrees and was able to teach that those days of financial stress would finally be behind me. Unfortunately, as an adjunct, not so much. I digress.

So what does all of this have to do with my art? Well, it’s a new year – a new start. Three days into 2013, I had that gallbladder removed and I healed much faster than I ever thought I would. And, the surgeon was very good to me and lowered his fees and I have a decent payment plan that I can handle to pay him back. Even though I didn’t have a lot of down time from the surgery, it did give me some time when I could think and plan for this year and the future. In those plans, of course continuing my poetry, but art is set to make a strong comeback. How with teaching and writing? I’m going to make time to create new pieces and experiment. I have some big plans in the works which will be debuted right here later this year.

It’s three weeks into the new year and I’m happy to report that I have a one-person show at Starbucks in Perrysburg, OH, titled “Faces: Pet and People Portraiture,” slated for February and March; I have a new pastel piece, “You’re Giving Me the Blues,” (pictured in this post) that will be hanging in the Music Mania Exhibit at Way Library, also in Perrysburg. Both of those exhibits are graciously sponsored by Prizm Creative Community.

And, I just received word that I will have a one-person show at Downtown Latte in downtown Toledo in October (It pays to be a coffee lover!). So I’m claiming 2013 as my year of visual art, the year where I keep adding more and more work, where I keep adding more places to have my work seen, and where I commit to keeping up my artist blog. You're Giving Me the Blues

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