i traded in my flip flops for fuzzy slippers, my sun dress for a messy apron. my sun kissed face for sticky fingers. i went from staring out at a turquoise sea to staring at piles of pretty patterned paper. the funny thing is.... i am not sure which is better. as much as i love vacation, i really love working in my crazy art room. working is the wrong word because making art can never be work to me. pulling weeds is work. washing dishes is work. color correcting hundreds of photos of yarn and candles, work. teaching 33 students a lesson on depth of field, work! but picking a favorite photo and turning in it into something new by adding paper, flowers, paint, beeswax and jewels. this is so far from work.
this weekend was the seattle wedding show and i was fortunate enough to be asked to display my mixed media work as we patiently wait on the 7 year waiting list for photographers. am not going to lie, i was so nervous to display this work. i just wasn't sure how people would respond. these are still new to me and i am slowly building confidence with a medium outside of photography. luckily this weekend was really wonderful! everyone who stopped by the booth was so kind, so excited and so extremely encouraging. all my fears and insecurities quickly released their hold on me.
i must thank my husband jon for all of his help. he gives me pep talks when i need them most. he is always there to help me. he loads the car and is a speed demon during the booth set-up. he tears it all down and unloads it all when we get home. he always gives me an honest straight forward opinion on colors, photos, paper, and jewels. must give credit where credit is due. the beautiful mannequin collage on display is all jon. i gave my input on a few things but he ran with it the minute i asked for help. a man who can collage like that has my heart forever.
to learn more on our mixed media work go here!