Hello! I'm blogging just because I miss you... not because I have anything to show you. I did an all-text entry once before since starting this blog. I personally prefer to have some eye candy when I read blogs. For now, here's just me and my thoughts : ). Think of it as a journal entry, like a dear diary post. Here goes...
Wednesday, September 5th
I'm sitting by the open window with a cool fall breeze blowing through the room. My big life transition is that for the first time ever since becoming a mother 13 years ago, I have all my kids in school full time. Fortunately, each one of them is ecstatic about their classmates & teachers. I can see the school doors from our front yard. My husband has just relocated his business to a new & bigger location (ie: we haven't seen him all summer). Summer was good though, and I'm happy that my kids come home every day from school for lunch.
As for me, I have a big year ahead. It starts NOW. I'm teaching 6 Monday classes at Creative House in Saskatoon, and two evening workshops at The Studio on Ninth this fall. They include: Basic Thread painting, Dresdens, Free Motion Skill Builder, Teens Doodle with your Sewing Machine, and of course Creative Quilted Postcards : ). 2 I've done before, so the rest require a lot of preparation.
I'm speaking twice to our guild to present on the classes I took last winter with the scholarship money. I'm very excited to share what I learned and give them a great big thank you for such fantastic opportunities.
Of course, I'll be making my art all year. I have some new commissions and some big shows. Big... as in lots & lots to stitch. Big - as in travelling! After another exhibit at the Centre Galleries this December, I will spend the rest of the winter & spring preparing twenty five pieces of art for a show in Winnipeg next May, as well as a bundle more for Gardenscape 2013. TRUST ME - I will have lots to show you. I can't wait!
I have so many ideas and aspirations: videos, making a book, applying for grants. We'll see how far this year takes me. If they don't happen for another year, that's cool.
For today, for right now, my sewing space is ONE HUGE DISASTER. lol I decided to rearrange some things. Rearrange - as in pull out the contents of almost all the shelving, pull out nearly all the furniture, buy and build new and more practical furniture for my needs. Needless to say it will take some serious elbow grease to get it all back together again. It has to feel right. You know? I had a flash in my mind of some improvements, and now I'm trying to achieve that. Transition. What a mess. I look forward to moving from transition to production and creation.
On super positive note, I LOVE this time of year. The sun is lower in the sky and shines further into the rooms. In the middle of winter, the sun is so low that it actually goes right though the house. I love bathing in all that sunshine when it's winter outside. : )
Yeah - I said winter. : ) Yeah - that was a smiley face. I'm weird that way.
Well diary, thanks for listing. I'll now close up this laptop and get back to creating a productive workspace. Talk soon!
* * * PUBLISHED * * * Artist feature in Stitchillo, a brand new book in a series called 'Encyclopedia of Inspiration' from UPPERCASE (click to link)
* * * EXHIBITION * * * Homeland: A Collection of Prairie Threadpaintings by Monika Kinner-Whalen. Kathy Theissen Gallery in Rosthern SK. July & August 2017 Reception 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017 Station Arts
* * * MANITOBA * * *
Sept 2 & 3 Vendor - Proutopia
Sept 9 &10 Teaching - Sketch to Stitch / Runs with Scissors Studio
Sept 15 & 16 Vendor - Manitoba Fibre Festival, Red River Exhibition Park
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