It's been a while since I last wrote. Not much had been going on. I was working on another set of 50 necklaces to send to Art-o-mat (shipped them about a week ago) and trying to figure out the best (and cheapest) way to go about making prints of my work.
A few major things have developed in the last month. About a week and a half ago, the company I work for decided to close the doors and move the operations to New York. It was a real shock to all 70 of us. I know this a recurring theme in the world today, but it still doesn't make it any easier. So... now instead of being able to focus on my art and feeling like I was making progress, I have to make some major decisions in my life. Right now, I am looking at going back to school for web design. All the graphic arts positions I have seen listed want some kind of web knowledge. I know the basics, but not enough to be comfortable saying I can do it for a living. I'd love to be able to just stay at home and paint.... but I have bills to pay.
The other news is that I just found out I have been accepted to be in the Summer of the Arts festival in Iowa City (so much for putting my art on the back burner). This will be my first outdoor event and I have no clue how I am going to do the display. My main concern right now is getting a tent lined up. Those suckers are pricey. A decent tent can run at least a couple hundred, and that is just for a 10x10. Renting one is almost as much, but is cheaper. If any one has suggestions or has a tent I can borrow (pretty please, with sugar on top), please let me know. The festival is June 5-7.