This blog focuses on the joys, challenges and lessons of living the creative life—and make a living doing it!
Author Gayle Mahoney is an arts marketing consultant and has shown and sold her own artwork for over 25 years.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring awakening?

Today we had a winter storm advisory which, thankfully, has ended up just being some drizzle and not 10 inches of snow. My crocus have already bloomed, the daffodils are up, the lilacs are starting to leaf out, a few perennials are popping up so spring (must be?) just around the corner. It has been a long winter.

My creative life is mirroring the seasons right now. After a rough fall season (my sales were dismal, despite being in shows almost every weekend), I have taken a few months off from making jewelry or doing any other kind of artwork. I have really really needed that break.

Now I am starting to think about what I want to do next, and I think it is going to be something different than what I have been doing. The price of silver has more than doubled in the last year, and there is no sign that the price is going to stop climbing any time soon. This catapults my work into a higher price range than it can really bear, just for me to cover my expenses. So I need to adapt- either redesign my lines, re-market to a different price point, or make something totally different.

I know I need to get into the studio and just get working on something, I need to work to figure it out. I am excited about what the next few months will bring for me creatively.

How have you jump-started your creativity after times of creative doldrums?