Except, perhaps, this year.
I've paid my entry fee so I am going to go, but that doesn't mean that I'm ready. Blame it on the plumbing or the roof or Bobbie or my sister's visit or the kids' end of school activities or all of the above. The net result is the same. I am completely and entirely unprepared. I'm not packed. I'm not organized. I don't have a plan.
One thing I do have, however, is this just-finished-today addition to my showstring. Yep, after some four years in progress, I finally calling him finished. He's not perfect, but honestly, I think I could spend the rest of my life chasing perfect. I want to show him, so I've decided he's good enough.
And for the most part, I think he is good enough.And yet, I'm not one hundred percent convinced. How do finishwork artists ever decide that a piece is really finished? That sounds like a funny question, but it something I wonder about. Is it finished because it's really the best you can do or simply because it needs to be ready for a show on Saturday? Is it really finished if I think I might go back and work on it again at some point in the future? Can it ever really be finished until it's put in a box and mailed away?
Tomorrow I think I need to work on packing and maybe a little bit of tack. Obviously I find that much less confusing!