the case of the vase
I feel like I'm more boring. Haven't as much to say here on the blog or on facebook. Reminds me of when I hit the road before I became an artist, how I was just in the moment of being out there and rarely thought or talked about what I was doing with anyone. It isn't all that interesting, but it is all consuming.
There are good things to report for those of you who are interested in Paula Wahla's World. I've had a total of two commissions for pipe vessels. I sometimes call them that because they weren't being used for flower vases. They were successful and the people were genuinely happy with what they received. I have had another one this past week and just finished the vase and will see if it meets their vision. The gallery in Vermont sold one of my mixed media photo pieces, leaving me with just one more piece there, I'm crossing fingers that sells even though they've had it over a year. I'd hate to have them disassemble it and just send me the photo back as I can't really afford to have the whole thing shipped.
While I'm not getting rich, these little vases, being the most inexpensive 'art' I've made have done me well this summer. I've sold 50? I've got 16 or so on Etsy right now with another 20 made and as of tonight, 20 more in the queue. The big stack at the scrap yard is GONE so my little stash under the porch steps is it. Maybe then I will have time to work on flowers. Tod is working on bunches of flowers that are not necessarily fast to make, but relatively easy and we hope to show our vases and flowers at an upcoming Sam Houston University thing. They are calling it Falling Flowers and there is a chance we could have some vases/flowers on show. Very tentative and I've not even spoken to anyone about it, this was just mentioned to me as a possibility from someone working with the Falling Flowers part. I'm also hoping to get my vases into the Art Center here in Huntsville.
Little awkward baby steps. Starting all over again. I'm worn out and welcome it. Tod and I stopped volunteering for the Phoenix Commotion as this flower/vase thing literally eats up every day. We are always searching/cleaning/working/doing something it seems that has to do with this body of work. I seek newer tools and am seriously considering making a kickstarter video to see if I can kickstart myself into a more productive way to work. More on that later. I just have to say, THANK YOU to all the people that have bought vases. Thank you to the people that have told me these vases are amazing and kept pushing me to keep doing it. Invisible ropes of hope that have led me further down the rabbit hole and opened me up in many ways. I get so much joy out of the reactions you have about the vases.....who knew old pipes could be so much fun!