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Saturday, February 22, 2014

I finally created a prototype for my new bead series - Now onto making adjustments & variations

Inspired by the actual Cyclamen bud photo below, I finally created the first pendant bead that is somewhat close to what I envisioned - I need to work on the bail and the leaves, and then make some improvements on the delicate petals.  I'm still a little frustrated, but am getting closer! 
This week,  I'll work on making adjustments & variations.
I so love EXPERIMENTING! 
For the past few weeks,  I've been working on the torch creating new beads.
Last week I began was working on a bead series inspired by this photo:
This will be a bit of a challenge, as working with pinks in glass is very tricky - I'm hoping for the best!
A friend gave this this beautiful plant with so many spectacular buds.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Day in the Life of an Artist - The Frustrations - Post your Comments

PRIORITIES...
...can be very limiting & create dilemmas.
I have a 'day' job that I absolutely love - I teach ART to Kindergarten through 8th Grade.
I also teach basic & intermediate Glass Lampworking classes at my local community college. 
This, I also enjoy immensely.
Both of these 'job's provide inspiration for my own artistic creations. 
I also make and sell my own creations of handmade one-of-a-kind pottery, lampwork glass jewelry, and fused glass home decor on Etsy & Zibbet, as well as a few galleries. 
 I so, enjoy the weekends when (if) I have the time to work on my own creations.

MORE PEOPLE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY
I not only have one job that I like, but 3.
 
THE PROBLEM
Each of these 'jobs' hold a special place in my creative heart.
Each requires planning, preparations and consistency. 
Each provides me with an income that is necessary to sustain my life & my creative soul.

When the weekend arrives how do I choose which of these do I spend time on?
The Esty & Zibbet Shops require photographs, descriptions, social networking, delivering artwork, packaging & shipping - all very time consuming! If I don't participate in social networking my shop views drop, as well as, my sales.

So, the problem is finding time to CREATE, spend time with my family and continue to keep my teaching fun & interesting.

PLEASE POST COMMENTS
 Please feel free to post comments, if you wish to share your frustrations. 
Also, I would welcome any tips for marketing that DO NOT requires load of money & time.
IS THERE SUCH A THING?

Cindi@