I am nursing a cold or possibly the flu at the moment. I may have picked it up on my journey to the west coast to visit my grandchildren in California and a further visit with some of my siblings and kids in BC. My sister was struggling with some kind of cold/flu when I was there, but I thought I got away unscathed. It was not to be. Two days after returning home I felt something coming on. Now it is full blown, with a deep cough located in my chest and stuffed up head and various aches and pains. I am managing to work in the studio every day in spite of being low on energy.
The next event on my calendar is the Maple Fools Open Studio at the Cow Palace. On April 1st weekend, I whip up maple candy and other maple treats from maple syrup that I boil down on my wood stove in the kitchen. I am thinking of moving the sap-reduction- evaporation process outside though, as it can get overly warm and steamy in my living space at full boil. I try to get my buckets out on the maple trees before the end of February and that to me, signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Not long now.
I am starting on a commissioned wall sculpture based on the photo below of Black Bass Island on Georgian Bay. I plan on making two or three related pieces at the same time. I have several ideas on variations on this theme I would like to attempt, using some new techniques I have been experimenting with recently. I am anxious to get my hands onto some wet pliable cowhide.
I have a few applications to fill out, for shows that I am hoping to attend this summer. I would like to do the two shows that I attended last summer in Toronto as I think they both have great potential for selling my work. Unfortunately it seems to take a couple times seeing my work and talking to me about my process and my ideas before people are comfortable enough to purchase a piece of my artwork. I can sell belts and accessories with no problem, but leather as an artistic medium is not something that most people are familiar with or comfortable with, until they have some time to think about it. Or if they see someone else has purchased a piece. They like what they see well enough, I get a lot of very excited people in my booth, but they aren't necessarily prepared to buy until they have seen my work before and understand what I am doing. We will see.
I am going to be teaching a leather course this summer at Haliburton School of Art and Design. Yes, I am now a faculty member of Sir Sanford Fleming College! Hopefully this will give me more credibilty. And it will be fun, as well as give me an idea about teaching my own classes at my studio this fall/winter.