The contract came in the mail the other day, it is signed and I should be receiving my first check soon. Good thing as I have an order of stainless steel on the way. I was a bit concerned about the short turn around time, May 25th and then I received news today that construction delays will cause the date to be moved back to August some time. Phew, that extra time will be nice but of course it means I will not get my final payment until installation, which could throw off some carefully planned summer events. Annoying but there really is nothing to do about it.
Since I have a show opening at the end of April I will now have more time to concentrate on that which really is a good thing as I want to make a lot of new pieces. Some of the parts were cast back in November in iron and I have a bunch of cleaning to do, other pieces are just at the drawing stage and I need to get them started and finished, I want to do them out of stainless. Some of the work will be stuff that I already have but it will be the newer versions of some of the boats and houses. It would be really nice if I could sell a piece or two at that show and make up for late income from the commission. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
In the mean time our college at the University has some research money available. These are competitive grants, so we'll see if my proposal even makes it through the first cut. If it does it will give me some much needed funds to make some larger work for outdoor installations. Again, keeping my fingers crossed.