Monday, January 07, 2013

Side projects

Most folks know that Greg pretty much runs things around here, casting, filling orders and going to shows. But many don't realize he is an artist as well (we first met in art school) with a distinct style and interests outside metals. He always has some project or other in the works, an animated short, drawings or a poem. Right now he is almost finished with an illustrated book, one drawing away, in fact. We are so excited. He's at the turning point when the decision to share the work and release it into the world, or to put it on the shelf and make something else. When I first started, it felt odd to spread my little sculptures on a table, waiting to hear what things people had to say. It was also awkward to hang work that had been slaved over, agonized over, then displayed for strangers to look at and comment on (or not). It's never easy. I've grown a thick hide over the years, built from thousands of remarks, mostly good, but some, especially from those closest to me, scathing. Of course, none could be more harsh than the critic within. So, right now I'm pleased as can be, since in a few hours the last drawing will be done and then the quest for sharing it with the world begins.