Art is Better than Therapy

Lots going on this side of the World, in my little ol’ life. Some positive change which is great, but change can be exhausting even when welcome! Needless to say life has simply gotten in the way of this blog… I miss it, so here I am.

Since last I wrote I have installed a ~5 sq metre mural at my daughter’s preschool. Something I had been thinking about for a long while and was unsure was ever going to happen. I talked it over with a good friend of mine who convinced me to do so. I am so very glad of it too. Between the time that I agreed to the time it was done, was only a few weeks. It was the first community project I have ever been a part of and also the first time to lead a large project with volunteers. It was looking a little worrying there for a little while, thinking that I had noone to help out but people pulled through and new friendships forgedย  (new addictions too)… The original idea was to come into the preschool, sit down with the kids in small groups and make a mosaic from one of their pictures with them. I was inadvertently offered a full time job that I wasn’t expecting and so that idea kinda went out the window!! Nevertheless I pushed ahead by taking some pictures that the kids drew and mosaicing them myself. The inspiration was simply the drawing of a 4 year old child. Clean, simple and without too much detail. I love a child’s approach to most anything. Honest, innocent and arguably without detail but in saying that I don’t think that children miss the detail. To me, their approach is fresh and I always find myself drawn to it.

In any case the whole project was very satisfying and I feel very happy indeed about the whole affair. It got a little write up in a local newspaper that I was also pleased with, so it was a really nice end to the whole thing. I have managed to do 2 large installations this year. Hard work, but I really think this is where it is for me. Definitely more to come…

Preschool Mural done!!!

Preschool Media

I’m also in the midst of doing the Christmas Art Markets at the Old Bus Depot Markets. Quite different this year, in that there was a very steady stream of people instead of a mad rush. I actually thought I wasn’t doing as well as last year, perhaps a sign of the times, but upon counting the sales at the end of last weekend I actually did better than last year. That was comforting. I think I know what sells and so therefore it is just easier to know what to make. I also upped my prices on a few things and introduced smaller pieces, at a smaller price but without compromising my artistic integrity.

Other major news is that I am headed to San Diego next year for the SAMA conference. Very exciting indeed… My first time, I hope not my last ๐Ÿ™‚ I am really looking forward to meeting everyone I have come to know on the internet, meet those I am yet to know, be inspired, inspired, inspired and learn aplenty. Of course a little side trip/holiday is also in the works. Life is too short to constantly say NO!

A little earlier on, Iย  finished a pair of ballet slippers that got shuttled away to Texas, USA. I was very happy with the way they turned out, falling within the description of what the client specified so happy all around I believe. I was quite stoked by that commission too as it would never have come my way had it not been for the internet.

Odette - Boots' Boots

I also got around to installing a commissioned number plaque. That was a bit of a trip. The client had bought it as a surprise for his girlfriend, as they had purchased their first home together (1, 2, 3: Awwwwwwwwwwww…) and when she opened it she apparently said something like ‘ who made this? Kim Grant?!’. I kinda momentarily let it go to my head and was a celebrity for that split second, lol! ๐Ÿ˜‰

1/22_k_grant_mosaics

So what’s on the cards for the future? One more day for the markets, then Xmas and all that it entails (can’t wait, family time!!!). I’ll be hopefully starting on the install of the mermaid mural which I am really looking forward to. The prep on that wall may take some time though, not something I particularly look forward to. Then it will be time to finish off a few projects I started for myself and start a few others. Trades that are on the cards, a swirl for Lin Schorr‘s project, a new(ish) website… too much to do frankly and never enough time but art is better than therapy. Amen!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year! Thanks for being such wonderful readers…

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8 responses to “Art is Better than Therapy

  1. Just now getting over here to read this, Kim. May 2009 be the best year ever….for mosaics…for art in general and for life! Looking forward to seeing you!

    xo
    S.

  2. Kim, you’re awesome! Love to hear from you and I am soooo excited about meeting you in March!! Woot Woot! ๐Ÿ™‚ Christine

  3. great article Kim, and all your work is gorgeous. I’ve seen pics on flickr but its great to hear the little stories behind the pieces (especially the ‘is it a Kim Grant’ story ๐Ÿ™‚ How cool is that!

  4. Caz Kovacs

    Wonderful write up Kim. It was lovely to read your summary of this years projects. Your kindergarten mural is inspirational. Keep up the fantastic work you do and I’m looking forward to seeing your mermaid! Wishing you a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!

  5. Um… you forgot to mention, re SAMA, that you’re excited to see those internet buds you’ve already met in person (ahem!). ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, I am so happy that you’ve had so many awesome projects going on, and completed to such a high degree of excellence and professionalism. Woop! Woop! See ya soon (oh, how awesome it is to say that!)!

  6. Donna Post

    Great to hear what’s been going on in your like Kim! I’ve missed hearing from you but have been admiring your accomplishments from afar. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with the family and can’t wait to see you in March!!

  7. Great update, Kimbo. I don’t know how you do it all! Can’t wait to see what you do next (yay, another mural!). And it would be fun to see what you’re selling at the art markets!

  8. Susan Walden

    As usual Kim, a great article!
    Sounds like you’re finishing up the year in a good way, and anticipating a great beginning to the next.
    Happy holidays!!

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