So, after I finally got to the point of being able to call myself an artist…what was the next step? Have an art show! Yikes, what a frightening thought! Ever the adventurer, I jumped in. Now, I had to put on my ‘detail hat’ and find a venue, dates, guest list, food, not to mention choose the paintings to exhibit.
As luck would have it, a friend had just opened a dance studio in Boulder with other colleagues and offered the upstairs space to me for a show. They were going to use the space for local art and I ended up being the first one to exhibit there. There was enough space for 7 of my framed watercolor paintings, a couple of tables for food and drink and my ‘fans’ AKA, friends and family.
By this time, the entire event was feeling pretty real! I started telling everyone about it; ordered food and drink and sent invitations to everyone I could think of. I told my parents what I was going to do and they were thrilled for me and supportive.
As the day approached, my mother called and said she was coming to visit to help with the show. She is the one that got me started in painting and this was a significant event. I was ecstatic that she would be here to share in the excitement. It was special having her with me. The day of the show felt like I was getting ready for my wedding…’what are you going to wear?’…’how are you going to wear your hair?’
It was a successful event! Lots of people attended. We had a blast. I had 7 paintings and sold 10…yes, I got 3 commissions! It was better than I could have expected.
Why am I telling you this? Because I want to encourage you to try new things. If there is something that you want to try but are uncertain about it, try it anyway. You may be surprised at the result and you will definitely feel pleased with yourself for working outside your comfort zone.