I have been on overflow. I have drowned myself in the creative pool of reading and research, connecting to other creatives, and basically filling my spirit with all things that bring me joy. Moment of transparency--I don't use the word drown lightly. Sometimes I do feel like I am drowning in my desire to create, crashing against the cold reality of life--work, family and wanting to do so much in a finite amount of time. But then my folks remind me to breath, to float and enjoy all of it. To appreciate all that I have and can do, here and now. More to come. My worst critic is my self. My greatest taskmaster is myself. I will allow myself grace.
I'm not going to write a long deep essay about all the things I have been exploring. I've been told I'm too wordy sometimes lol! Instead, I will share the photos that have documented it all:
In the Studio
A gold leafing class with the incredible Marcy Palmer!
All I need is time and grace, for myself, to bring it all together. Excited to show you all my vision. As we say " Soon Come!"
The artworld has found its footing in virtual exhibitions as artist talks so that has really given me back some of my joy. I truly miss going to openings in person, but I actually get to go to more now. Glass half full! I have resumed exhibiting, virtually of course! I am a part of a group exhibition in Gilroy, California and I will also be showing at SP-Arte, a major art fair in São Paulo, Brazil with Mfon- Women Photographers of the Diaspora. So much has happened! We are still quarantining. My children are learning virtually like many of you all. I am exercising extreme caution and staying safe. Photography has been a blessing to me and I have had the opportunity to share it with my community. I have enjoyed the support of great collectors, friends and clients. We are going to make it through this stronger and better--Tokie
This was a all about connecting to the plug of the art world as a fine art photographer. As an artist, its really import to find your tribe of people who can support and encourage as you make your way in the art world.