Skip to main content

Centering

This morning - this brilliant blue morning - I drove by a yard where someone had stacked a cairn of stones. It struck me how lovely they were, centered and trusted, one upon another. I realize that my life as of late has been like a collection of stacked stones - one weighty thing on top of another. What I didn't realize was that I don't have to be the thing under all of those stones. I can be the thing on top. The thing closer to the sky with each of life's lessons piling neatly beneath me.

I tried to needle felt this weekend. I had a long weekend - three days not only off from work, but away from home. I was house sitting at a house with a lovely sun porch - great light, and I spent the whole time watching movies under a blanket. I realize I've become a little standoffish around my art - that the pressures of SELLING it have diminished my joy for CREATING it. I have underpriced my pieces - not nearly adequately paying myself for the time each one takes - and it's left a sour taste in my mouth for the whole experience. It's hard, as an artist (especially one struggling with worth and confidence) to put my work out there and price it at what would accurately reflect my time and effort and ingenuity. There's always a part of me that's critical of pricing too high. I do have to change this because each time I undersell a piece of art, while I'm appreciative of the sale, I feel like I've done myself and my art a disservice. So I'm working on that.

I think between the craft fair and selling wholesale and worrying about prices on Etsy, I've lost the passion for needle felting. I have a book full of ideas, but my heart is a little wary of it all at the moment. I'm going to focus on gearing my intent back into the act of creating, and not the act of selling. I think this is really important for me at this point in my life.

Comments

  1. Sending a hug~ artist to artist.

    It is very difficult to compete with mass production. Setting up next to a booth filled with wholesale "stuff", Made in _____.... at a JUDGED art show was my last straw. Our materials and supply cost continue to increase and budget stores continue to drop prices on cheap production art pieces. They sell wholesale to non-store owners, too.

    Your work is AMAZING! Unique... fresh...

    Sometimes I need time away. I love going to water. Living in the Finger Lakes Region is nice because I can choose a lake and walk. The waves seem to wash away stress, doubt, frustration and restore.

    I was getting ready to post and needed to get your link for one of my photographs... so glad I stopped by~

    I hope your day is wonderful~
    Smiles...
    Michelle

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for entering my giveaway!

    Your felted creatures are so adorable ~ I'd love to learn to felt someday!! The photo of the stones is beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh my goodness, I just so love everything you do. Your needle felting has inspired me and I now have the materials to do sheep and bunnies and vegetables. Your treasuries and Owl watercolor are so beautiful. What a fun blog to come visit.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank you so much to all of you. These comments made my day. :)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

On Wool and the Future of Woolnimals

I love animals. The greatest moments in my life involve animals. In fact, there isn’t a fond memory that I have that doesn’t somehow include animals or the natural world.
It’s not surprising that my hobbies and artistic pursuits have always involved the animal world as well. Over time, my interests focused on needle felting and creating small friends that make me smile and bring joy to others. I’ve had my Woolnimals needle felting business for nearly a decade and it has been a huge source of happiness and relaxation for me.
Shortly before I left college, I changed my major from English to Eco-Psychology. I began studying the connections between humans and the natural world. My studies focused on the understanding that direct experiences with wilderness and the natural world foster compassion and a sense of place. In turn, this sense of belonging fosters stewardship for the natural world. When we feel that we’re an important part of something, we tend to take care of it. We come to …

Shop Update!

These new friends are now available in my Woolnimals Etsy Shop! Free shipping too!

Thar He Blows!

Sometimes you just need a whale made out of wool. I know I do. I almost can't stand to sell this whale because I've been trying to perfect the shape for months. I finally got him looking how I want him to look...but I can't tell you how many whale-esque cat toys there are floating around my house. I think he's one of my favorite creations ever...and he's for sale in my shop!