I suppose this post will be a little bit of an update for anyone scrolling through my blog, but it will also be to talk about the clay and art festival here in San Antonio.
First, I haven't been posting because I have not been doing anything. This is a fact that has been getting to me lately. If I was not posting because I was too busy with some big epic project, that would be one thing. My situation as it stands now, however, is anything but, and writing on my blog is somewhat therapeutic so what a lucky reader you are...!
Recently I have been stuck in a rut. My "day job" is not something I am entirely thrilled to be doing. Since moving back from Korea I took up my old job as a security officer and I was kind of stuck taking the night shift again. So right now I am working a job I don't entirely like, staying up all night, and sleeping all day. Add school to that during the day, and I am just way too tired to do anything creative. All I have wanted to do recently is be at home doing absolutely nothing on my days off. During the week I want to be out doing stuff, furthering my photography skills specifically, but being backed into a corner and not being able to. I just feel time passing me away and I hate it, especially having experienced something like living in Korea.
All that to say that I am not happy in my current situation, and I am equally unhappy that I am not furthering my blog, website, and Youtube channel. I have all of these ideas, but I don't know how to execute them.
Anyway that brings me to the clay and art festival in San Antonio this past weekend. I was driving to school from work at 8 am thinking, "I really need to do something this weekend or I am going to lose my mind," and listening to NPR. Luckily I heard about this festival from NPR happening at the museum of art on Saturday. If you are thinking, "that sounds really boring," I wouldn't disagree with you. I was reluctant to go as well, but anything was better than nothing. It was either go to this or sit at home, and this event sounded better.
Sounded better, sure, but in reality, it was much like how you would imagine it to be. I packed up a camera (in this case my Sony a6500 that I bought and have used like... twice) and headed out excited to have an excuse to be doing something and curing my cabin fever. But really this wasn't that special of an event. Nothing against the artists at all. All of their work was magnificent and I have nothing but respect for their craft, even if it is not a medium I am thrilled about. But it definitely wasn't my kind of event. To that end, if you are not much into this artwork, it is not an event for you either. I was expecting... well, a festival, I suppose. But what I saw was a trade show, and a small one at that.
The whole thing took place in the courtyard of the museum of art downtown, which is small in itself, and was... well... a lot of pottery. If you are into this sort of thing, or you are in the market for handmade pottery, then this is definitely the event for you. But if you are like me and would like to go with no particular interest in the main shtick, then this will be pretty boring.
I hope by now you can discern my disappointment with the event. Perhaps I am being a little harsh on it because it meant something else to me, or rather, I had my expectations set too high. Though I cannot imagine someone being happy with this "festival" unless they knew exactly what was in store for them.
Not all I have to say is negative though. There were definitely some very good artists there with excellent displays. Also, the event was completely free unless you wanted to buy a piece. Again, much like a trade show. One booth absolutely stood above the rest for me and you will see her work at the bottom of this post. Her whole family is a team who works together to create their art and it is amazing. You can see her work on her website here: https://squareup.com/store/PatriciaCastillo Seriously, check her out if you are interested in this sort of thing.
All in all I was disappointed with this little excursion, but I think that it just wasn't for me. I need to make some changes in my life and I certainly have some ideas in mind which may mean that this blog and other outlets of mine will be a little more active in the future. Hopefully.
As another update, I will be in New York at the end of this month. I booked a flight for my mom and I. She has always wanted to see New York and I love to travel so I figured I would do that with my mom. If you are interested, keep an eye right here for some posts from New York. Until then, that's it, thanks for stopping by.