It has taken some time for me to come to terms with the fact that I can not move many of the framed works I have accumulated over the past 20+ years. I have slowly started the process of downsizing what goes into a May moving sale, what goes to Chicago with me, and what gets tossed. Fortunately, I have a large paper file and many unframed watercolor paintings will be safe.
Such a strange feeling... reviewing through years of my artistic growth... pulling out works that are no longer a reflection of where I am as an artist. Even some early encaustic paintings are going to be included in the upcoming moving sale. I have to admit, it feels good to be purging which offsets these feelings that I am tossing out parts of my past.
As I read about local art competitions and juried shows, I remind myself how I won't be here and for the first time I am not submitting work. Once I have settled in the Midwest I sure hope it doesn't take long for me to discover new opportunities and organizations. Next week I will be in Chicago, looking at my new apartment plus attending a reception for the National Juried show at Harper College. Maybe I will even make a new friend or two.