I cannot begin to describe how intimidating it was attending my first art show this past Sunday. It is one thing to love to create and make things for your home, and it is a completely new ball game to bring those creations in front of the public eye surrounded by art gallery members and professional artists. However I slapped on a confident grin and walked through the doors repeating, “Do one thing and day that scares you. Do one thing a day that scares you.”
I was so glad I challenged myself to participate that day because it was such a success! Not only did I sell a few pieces I gained immeasurable insight from the other artists; many that have made quite a name for themselves.
I received wonderful, constructive criticism and left that day with a clear direction of where I could take this pastime. I also gained much needed confidence in my work. Like I mentioned earlier, it is one thing to have someone walk in your house and say, “Oh I just love that painting! Where did you get it?”, and it is something completely different to put it directly in front of someone with your name right on it from the start.
I’m looking forward to utilizing the advice and pointers from that day to see where if takes my art next. In the meantime, if you need a piece of art get in touch!