Coming down from a high note is always difficult for me. When a local, Bay Area gallery invited me to participate in a four day show, I was both simultaneously elated and terrified, needless to say it has been a few years since I have shown any new work.
As you might have noticed and perhaps can even relate to, my creative spark ebbs and flows. But this year something magical seems to be happening, I have been feeling it coming on strong, so the opportunity to bear down and create some new pieces was just what the doctor ordered! I pushed my fears aside and delved deep into my creative process, after all, I only had three weeks and the days were starting to fly by.
Before I knew it, and almost without even giving it a second thought, I had a whole new body of work completed. Not to say it was by any means easy. There were at least three days of waking up at 7, brushing my teeth and hair, taking a few sips of espresso (to gently shake me out of my sleepyhead daze) and practically bolting myself to my jeweler's bench for 16 hours. No joke! And showers? Well, sadly, they were an afterthought. Thank goodness sweet Ken, not too terribly offended by my lack of hygiene, was there to make sure that I was fed and on occasion, treat me to a well deserved glass of Cava or some other fabulous new cocktail he had made. In the end it paid off. I proved that not only hadn't I lost my chops, but that I was actually having fun and getting excited about making jewelry again. What a wonderful feeling!
So now, about that high note. What I realized at the end of this experience is that there doesn't have to be a coming down phase. The added surprise of this show being in my home town seemed to bring me full circle. My big brother made a special "supportive trip" and was willing to drive four hours to help me set up and (then) celebrate. Friends who I have known almost my entire life, showed up in support and the opening night was a blast. The event ended with the success of selling new, "fresh off the bench" work but more importantly, my spark has been lit and this fire is burning. This good thing will not pass, this is happening!