Anywho.... last Friday night (anyone else hear Katy Perry when they read that? Nope? Just me?) I participated in my very first art show. It was nuts. Fun, exciting, petrifying, exhausting, pretty much every emotion I could feel was felt that night. Over all, it was a great learning experience. I got quite a few nice compliments on my art, though I didn't hang around it too much to talk to people looking at it. It was cool to meet other artists and people in the art industry and very awesome to see so much great artwork all in one place. I even have proof that A) I was there and B) I was not hiding under a table :)
So, there you go. The first is just me, second is the hubs and I in front of my pieces. Unfortunately, they weren't in the best place You can see they're on a half wall, behind which was the stairs, so people were constantly standing in front of my work, leaning against it, and setting drinks on that ledge. That sucked, but live and learn I guess. When you drop off work don't ask if you need to hang your own pieces (the answer was no) ask if you can hang your own pieces (answer to that was apparently yes). Regardless, it was quite the learning experience.
Other learning experiences this month? Well, I entered my first two art competitions: The Chelsea International Art Show and a competition to be exhibited at Cableland, the official residence of the Denver mayor. I did not get into the Chelsea show, which, while a bummer, I felt okay about. The pieces that were selected were radically different than anything that I've ever painted, so I can easily see why the judge would not choose my work.
I still haven't heard about Cableland, which is infinitely more stressful. I hate waiting. I'd really like to just know, one way or the other, especially since it's been a month since the deadline. We shall see. I'm cautiously hopeful.
Those two entries, coupled with this show, and putting up a bunch of pieces for sale at the pilates studio I go to, have comprised all of my art life for the last month. It's definitely been stressful and anxiety inducing, and it's not my favorite part of being an artist, but it is a necessity. I'm hoping that I can get back to getting some paintings done over the next few weeks and be able to focus less on the business side and more on the creative side of my work.
So, there you go, all my firsts for the month. :) First contest entry. First contest rejection. First show. First show without any sales. First waiting forever to find out about an exhibition. It's been rough month of firsts. I'll leave you with the two pieces that I submitted to Cableland. I dig them... but I may be a little biased.
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