Each year, the Struts Gallery and Artist-run Centre in Sackville, New Brunswick (Canada's oldest!), holds a fundraiser on Valentine's Day. Called The Sweetest Little Thing, the fundraiser involves sending artists a piece of masonite (I think it was around 6" x 9") and inviting them to create something with it, in anyway they see fit. This year, I decided to cut it up into pieces, drill holes in it and paint it.
The question of how to be satisfied is one that I think about a lot. What does that really mean? I had a lot of opportunity to consider this as I ran up against obstacles at every step along the way of making this little piece.
First, I do not own a saw, so I borrowed a saw. Then, no drill, so I went to the hardware store and bought a drill. Then, I thought we had paint, but nope, no paint. Bought new paint. Then, I swear I thought I had loads of copper wire, but wrong again! No wire. Bought some wire (they didn't have copper and I didn't have the wear-with-all to search around for copper). Whew. Finally, the piece is done. And a bit late. So, to satisfy the deadline, I will overnight it to New Brunswick.
If you would like to own this very satisfying piece while at the same time helping to support Canada's oldest artist-run centre, place your bid here. Well, it isn't up yet, but go there on February 14th. You, too, will be satisfied.