Well, I sure came down fast.
Here are pictures from the two openings: This one is from the Santa Cruz Fiber Show...there was some really remarkable work there...three dimensional and two dimensional. Only a couple really looked like quilts. The lighting was not real good for the camera and I had turned off the flash and hadn't realized it so the pic is dark. Lots of spacing between the work.
This is from the art gallery in San Ramon. You can see that my work is put in among all the paintings, some of which are framed and some are just gallery wrapped canvas. Had lots of fun explaining fiber art to the art patrons and met a number of the artists at this opening.
This morning I checked my email and found that Artisan's International had sold another piece of my work, besides the one last week and the three small ones on Friday. I was getting worried as the money was drying up fast without sales for quite a while. I don't do a lot of the speaker/workshop circuit so most of my money comes from the sales of my work, which then supports all the rest of the art that doesn't sell...and tha't a lot!
Anyway, also on my email was a "nice" note from someone whom I had worked with in probation and haven't seen for six years. She responded to my comment about my large head and advised me that she couldn't believe my head could get any bigger than it had been when I was in probation. She also said it was nice to know that I could still S..T. Boy, that sure made me feel good. I've come down real fast with that one!
Unfortunately, I don't have a thick skin. My sense of self can be somewhat fragile sometimes and I guess this is one of those times. I share my excitement about what is happening in my art world as I have wanted to be an artist who sold her work and was accepted as an artist for 45 years. I am finally feeling like I am getting there, especially with people like Gerrie, cheering me on. I don't intend to brag...I want to share my sense of amazement that this is happening. I am genuinely grateful to receive compliments about my work. I have had a number of years doing the outdoor art festival, when I was young and didn't know any better, and can take the tasteless comments about someone's two year old who could do better work than me, etc and can just consider the source. However, when someone I know says something, not about my work, but me, it hurts.
I guess if I put it all out there I should expect to get some s..t back....
some other day...