Last week was the second annual art show at work. This is one of the pieces I displayed called "Drip"
Not only did I volunteered to enter some of my own art I was also on the committee to set up the show. It took a lot of time, planning, and effort as we had to get artists to volunteer, screen their work, prep bio's for them, and put together the physical show by arranging panels and hanging art, but when it was finally all set up and co-workers were wandering around taking in all the art it made me feel incredible.
I mean... that incredible sustainable happy feeling that you get to keep for a few weeks (even though you feel exhausted)! Cloud nine!
This piece is called "Meadow"
Last year was the first year in a long time that I offered to display my work. I was nervous to say the least. I know when I am creating art I am doing it for myself (for fun). I am expressing some sort of emotion within. That said, displaying those inner emotions for others to see and interpret is nerve wrecking! Are they going to like it? Will they see it the way I meant it? Will they think it was silly? What will they tell others about it?
This one is "Dandelion"
This year was a little different. Still nerve wrecking, but this year they would be able to compare my art to what I did last year! What would they like better? Oh, a whole new realm of things to worry on. Once I get over that. I was fine.
This is my "Herd" that I was sharing with you as I created it.
I think this has to be my favorite piece this year!
There were all sorts of entries this year in all sorts of mediums to include, fabric arts, watercolor, oils, pottery, pastels, photos, pencil drawings, sewn costumes, and jewelry. It was so fun to get a glimpse of the other side of the folks I work with. They are all so talented and I learned so many things about how art can be created!
This is a color pencil sketch of a quilt I am working on which I also displayed at the show. I titled it "Blue and Tan." Hard to name a quilt!
This is the progress I made on the quilt so far! I can't wait to finish it up (not only so I can use it), so I can bring it to next year's show and share the final product!
This is the last of the six pieces that I entered. It's a "Spring Bouquet" made from colorful origami flowers!
And as if all that wasn't enough... the committee thought it would be fun this year to have demonstrations of different art techniques as a way to share how each artist created their pieces. (Which I have to say I totalled enjoyed myself!! I have such a big appreciation for the talent I am surrounded by!)
I volunteered to run an origami demo.
I brought lots of origami paper, green pipe cleaners, and sat down at one of the tables. Very quickly I had lots of interested folks sitting down with me and trying their hand at creating an origami tulip!
It was a lot of fun!! It was also humbling to receive so many thank you's. It was humbling to see how something that I maybe take for granted had really bring such incredible smiles and cheer to people's faces. It reminded me that I have a lot to give to others!
Today, as we start another week, I would like to offer that doing something nice for someone else = extended happiness!
Don't forget that something as simple as sharing your talents could really make a big impact!!