Well, tech-week for the production of "The Wizard of Oz" my hubby John and I are directing begins this weekend and opens next week Friday. Excitement is building for a number of reasons. Of course I hope the show turns out good (I think it's coming along) and that it's well received by the audience. Also, it just happens to be opening on John's birthday. I took a day off from work in secret to do a little painting for him, which I'll post here once I've given it to him at the opening. He doesn't have a clue about it and I'm very excited to see the look on his face when I give it to him.
But selfishly what I'm looking forward to most of all, will be having my life back and be able to start really doing some art again. Work has been crazy busy, so I haven't gotten much drawing done on my lunch breaks, and I'm beginning to feel like if I don't start doing some art, I might burst. I'd just started paintings for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" before this all began and I can't wait to get on with the series... as well as all the other art I want to do , like more "Percy Jackson", start "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and I'm starting my "Star Wars" poster painting over, in favor of a more comfortable format to work with.
The editing process on the book I wrote is getting closer and closer to being completed. I've decided in the mean time, I'm going to re-do the cover illustration. I liked the first one I did, but it just wasn't "epic" enough. That is higher on my list of "art to do" once the show is running. And I have to say, I'm very excited about the whole thing. I can't wait to begin submitting it to publishers.
Oh, and one other thing that will be happening once the show is running. John and I are trying to simplify our life a bit. We're planning on selling our house and moving someplace a bit smaller and more manageable. We also are desperate to eliminate... or at least reduce our credit as part of the process. SO, I'm going to be selling a handful of my paintings. Most of them are small projects I did in college and will have an easier time letting go of. I don't expect to make much from them, but it'll add up if they all sell. But there will also be a small number of "bigger" paintings I'm letting go of, that I hope will bring in some decent $$$. Starting with the old Star Wars poster paintings I did for "The Phantom Menace" "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back". Also unused Harry Potter paintings; the original cover illustrations for both "Philosopher's Stone" and "Chamber of Secrets", as well as an alternate of the "Aragog" chapter from book 2. I'll talk more about this all when I'm actually doing it, but I thought I'd throw it out there and let people know what's going to be happening.
Anyway, less than 2 weeks and I'll be making art again!