It's a new year. I have a new studio (not completely moved into yet) and new creative energy, probably because it's been so long since I could do creative work (due to the move from the farm where we lived for 18 years to this wonderful new one closer to our kids). I'm eager to get my hands back in the clay, and interested in trying some new materials and methods! I've been looking at workshops I might attend - a sculptor friend told me about quite a few places that give sculpting, art and craft workshops. And I just learned that the YMCA we joined recently offers a clay class (water-based clay). I'm going to try it out tomorrow evening and see what I can learn. It'll be fun to get in the clay, and before my studio's finished too!
I'm intrigued with the idea of using glass in some of my creations. I don't know how I'd do it yet, but I was a stained glass artist before I became a sculptor and I just love glass. Perhaps I can come up with some interesting way to combine media - perhaps not. But exploring the possibilities will recharge my creative batteries in good ways, I believe! And taking some workshops will be beneficial - it's always good to network with other artists and learn new ways to approach art.
I have quite a few ambitions for this year. I hope I can accomplish them! I want to show my horse again, which I haven't been able to do for a couple of years due to health issues, and then this past year, my daughter used him to earn points for her silver medal. I was happy to loan him to her. She's the one who trained him to do flying changes, series changes, and all the other things he had to do to show Prix St. Georges, so I was happy she was able to benefit from his training (her horses aren't at that level yet). The two big obstacles to overcome before I can show him is to get my stamina back and get him to go well in a snaffle again (he really goes best in a double, but I'm not a third level rider yet . . . or even a solid first level rider! But hope springs eternal that we'll find a way to show together!)
I want to finish and cast a sculpture I started years ago of my horse Jack and my hubby's late horse, Pepper, playing. I started it and commissions got in the way, and then the cost of casting it made me set it aside. I sold a second life-size of Nanning a few months ago (he's in the process of being cast now), which gives me the funds to cast this piece and others, as well as attending some workshops! "Horseplay" (the one of Jack and Pepper) is a big piece. I don't know if there will be a market for it, but it will be a nice piece for my husband and I to enjoy, since it's portraits of two horses we had, enjoyed and loved a long time (We had Pepper 18 years - he was 28 when he died. I've had Jack for almost 11 years).
I want to PLAY with art more than I usually do. I don't know if I'll cast the playful pieces or not, but if they're good, I probably will. I have some fun ideas, not all of them horses, not all of them bronze. And I want to play with painting some more too. I'm not a horrible painter, I've just never done anything I felt like showing anyone or that I felt was worth selling. If I work at it a bit more, I might be able to paint to my satisfaction - and it would be fun. At least, it will be fun trying!
I have a novel to finish and another to write, and I have other ideas I need to write. I could certainly use more than 24 hours in a day!! Or at least I would appreciate the ability to work a lot faster than I normally do!
One thing I'm really looking forward to is the February release of an anthology which includes a short story of mine, "Lisa Goodman, Writer." This story is unusual for my work because it's both a short story(I normally write novels) and a horror story (I normally write fantasy)! I'm delighted it was accepted to this anthology! The stories were all written by members of the Western Ohio Writers Association. The main requirement for each story (other than being well-written and interesting) was that they be set in the Miami Vally (the region in and around Dayton, Ohio). A publisher contacted our group asking us to do an anthology for them. Not all the stories submitted got in - there was a tough editorial board deciding which ones to accept. I'll post ordering information on www.LyndaSappington.com as well as my Facebook page when it's available.
I hope 2012 was good to you, and that 2013 will be even better! And I sure hope I have this blog set up properly so it will post where I want it to! Happy New Year!