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Greetings! I have to share some great news with you. If you are an artist, show your work! Have it hanging somewhere, anywhere visible to the public. As you know, I have done a couple of shows at City Cafe. Last week, City Cafe called to tell me that someone had bought 8 of my paintings!!!!! One person, someone that I don't know bought not one, but 8 paintings.
So if that is not as awesome as awesome can be, I ran into City Cafe on Monday to hang more paintings in place of the ones that sold. A woman came up to me and asked if I was the artist as I was bringing the new art in. It turns out, she was the one who bought the paintings. She actually had bought 9, but, one was not recorded. I was still overwhelmed with the news 3 days prior and then to by chance run into the person who bought the paintings. It was so great to meet her. She was so inspiring and it was just what I needed (I had some bad news in my personal life). She ended up purchasing 2 more of the new paintings I had just brought in.
Of course, I am thrilled and on such a high, but, the bigger thing is the validation that comes from this. As artists, we connect with others through our art. When someone likes what we have done, it says we have something in common, we share similar ideas, we connect and for me personally, it says I am good enough. After this experience, I was so motivated I signed up for a workshop I had wanted to take that meant being super creative in airline tickets, finding a day camp for my 5 year old and a place to stay in a popular tourist area.
But, the bottom line I want to convey to the artists reading this: find a place to display your work. Anywhere. Of course a gallery is first choice, but, if that is not an option try a restaurant, coffee shop, any local business that gets a lot of traffic. Your gorgeous art is missing the opportunity if it is just stacked in your studio. I know this experience was a once, if at all, in a life time thing, but, if my paintings were stacked here in my house, that one person would not have ever seen them.
Have a great week! Thanks for reading, I hope you find a place to display your work.