Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I did it!



I made it through my first sale!  I can't believe after so many months of working on this I'm on the other side.  I was so nervous, possibly more nervous that my graduate thesis show.  Despite that I plowed through the nerves and made it happen. I learned so so so much from the Nada Farm sale.  It was nice to see people interacting with my work and hearing their feedback.  I also loved styling my booth. It was fun making it look like one big colorful party.  My best friend Janey worked with me all weekend and some darling little girls kept us company. I had one setback when a huge gust of wind caused one of my shelves to get knocked over. It was one of those nightmare moments where you are afraid to look at all the damage that was done. Luckily luckily no one was hurt at all.  Surprisingly I only lost a few of my more fragile terrarium jars but all the animal jars held up through the crash.  These pics were taken post wind crash so my booth looks a little different than it had looked but I think we did a good job rearranging.  Take a look! And thank you to Adam Cox for taking some great pics! And thank you to Anne Marie and her sweet family for making me feel so welcomed!


















Now I'm ready to switch gears for a while and start working on some drawings/paintings. I meant to start last night but I found excuses to avoid my studio... I had to watch the debates, get caught up on The Walking Dead, do anything besides go down to my studio... I talked to a friend yesterday about how much anxiety making art can sometimes give you. She put it best when she said that you can feel so ostracized from it when you are away for a while but once you finally start working you realize you should have been doing it all along.  I thought about that all day and fully intended on going straight home and working but I fell back in the "ostracized" feeling.  I was scared to try.  It's silly, right?  I'm so excited to work on things but scared at the same time.  Anyone else feel this way about art making?

Have a fantastic day today and try to pet a dog or a cat if you can.

4 comments:

Carrie Ann Schumacher said...

Yes! Right now I feel like nothing I make is good enough, which therefore means I'm not good enough. I try not to be so critical of myself and to just work freely, but then all these judgmental voices from the past come in. And then I'm paralyzed. Any project seems far too daunting...

robayre said...

I feel like that all.the.time. One thing I've realized that helps immensely in getting over that fear of starting is having a clean work space. And oh my. My studio looks like an artsy hoarder (me!) lives in our house AND THEN a tornado came through on top of that. It's pretty much been like that ever since we I moved in. Fortunately it's only in the studio, but it's horrible. I have to tip toe to empty floor space to get from place to place in there. I just have wayyy tooo much stuff.
I'm glad I got to finally meet you. You are very pretty and sweet in person :) Your booth was beautiful! I love the counter you made and were sitting at, I think I'll have to steal that idea and make something similar for myself. In my craft booths of past I've just sat behind the display card tables and am always fumbling to make change.

Your salutation of pet a dog or cat made me think of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X2bf76wn54

Jessica Robles said...

Yay! Everything looks awesome!! I too have been stuck in a rut since graduating, but am slowly trying get back into making things. I miss you!

courtney - larking. said...

So excited for you! The pics look fabulous. Can't wait to hear more details in person at book club. :)