Friday, March 30, 2012

Standing Naked

I did my first real art show in 1998, in my hometown of Findlay, Ohio.  Terrified, I sat in the back of my booth waiting impatiently for someone to walk in and look through the things I had made.  I remember the feeling was like being on the verge of having a heart attack.  What if they look and say nothing? What if they don't like my work?  I don't know what to say....I can't even look them in the eye.

The things I make really matter to me.  The stress of putting these things I made with my hands and my heart before the eyes of the public was hard.  Even harder was to stand there and worry about how they would be received. I truly felt as if I were standing naked before the world, waiting for them to pick out my fears, my faults, my imperfections....  

That show ended well, in spite of the fact that an unexpected storm picked up my tent and blew it a good block and a half down the street.  Wet assembly directions in hand, I left the show with pieces of a tent I took apart upside down, but with a smile in my heart.  

I have been successful at 'being an artist', but now I am once again 'standing naked'.  Never did I think I would write a blog or have a website to sell from, I love meeting the people who buy my art in person.  I am hoping that I can connect now in a different way, one that would allow me to spend more time MAKING art and less time in a hot tent.... Also, I think it's time to share what I have learned a bit.  :)


  1. Hooray!!! you did it! I am so happy, jumping up and down as I type! (however, i still prefer a simpler background) BUT YAY for you!!! I can't wait to see more posts!!! and get you going on online sales (but really, a nuetral gray is easier to read) BUT yeah!!! way to go...No seriously, I will support you 100% and get you some followers....soon as I pull my head out of my ass....

  2. oh, and you need to put the follow by email widget up on the right, at the top.....people that "follow" don't read your blog near as much as those that get it in email.....just my expert slinky opinion. ers.

  3. Ha I did it!!! but things look screwy and I can't really tell what it looks like on someone else's screen etc. The workshop last night was a total waste of time but I am determined to figure this out! (Come tweak it for me) Janet came down today to pick up the Toledo girls things from the bead day, she wanted to see your beads too.
    Thanks for keeping on me about getting this done!


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