Monday, July 11, 2005

Just got Whacked out of the Clouds

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...

8 comments:

jenclair said...

Whoa! I'll bet that during those six years, you didn't miss her at all. What kind of sad person waits for an opportunity to denigrate someone else in order to bolster her own sense of well-being? Taking pleasure and pride in being hurtful is kind of pitiful, huh?

Congratulations on having sold more of your work! That is real affirmation...

Caitlin O'Connor said...

What a COW!!! And I bet the thing she's proudest of is her ability to hurt others. Your work is GREAT and congrats on having it shown alongside "mainstream" art - one day I will be as brave as you and try to get my work show in a non-fibre show.... one day!

gabrielle said...

Congrats on the opening..wish I could have been there. My goal is also to weight the balance toward sales instead of being on the road so much....and look at you, you've done it...and much deserved.

Scrapmaker said...

Liz,
Your work looks so beautiful and so appropriate in the art gallery. I love your distinctive style, appreciate hearing about all your art adventures, and am delighted with your success. Congratulations, and Please keep on sharing. Jen

Deb R said...

Your gallery pics are wonderful and congrats on the sales!

As for the snarky comment from the former co-worker, who the hell needs her? She was entirely out of line. Delete the comments, and ban her from your mind. She is obviously not worth your time.

Louise said...

Your ex-coworker is just jealous of your success as obviously she isn't having any. I understand the thin skin thing, suffer from the same disease, but I'm usually the one that makes it hard on myself. Shake her off and concentrate on the "good" in your life...your art, your family, your friends.

Karoda said...

Liz, I have to echo what has been stated here about your work and the vampire former co-worker. Your work has a distinct visual and its amazing and I love it.

Dara said...

People are unbelievable. I think sometimes trying to be cute can backfire - hopefully that was her intention instead of purposeful maliciousness. Congrats on the postcard sales! I was too late but will look again...