Rewards & Results From Creating
This first week at The Compound, which is what they call the venue where I’m showing my art, has been gratifying in so many ways.
From the interactions with other vendors to the reactions from people who stop by my booth, I’m reminded about why I create art.
You see, I’ve been selling art for more than 30+ in galleries. But when you do that, you never get to hear the feedback from the customers.
Showing my art at Round Top gives me the opportunity to deal directly with my audience and get their feedback.
This face-to-face interaction is a huge reward and very challenging in many ways because I’ve always had someone selling art for me.
In the 5+ years I’ve been participating in the Fall Antique Show at Round Top, I’ve successfully met my goal of bringing beauty into the worlds of other people.
Every sale reminds how much I love what I do. It is a tremendous honor that people want to live with something I created in their personal home or office.
Why Create Art
I was recently asked why I like to create art.
I’m guessing my reasons may be very close to yours for collecting art or learning how to create some yourself.
Like me, I bet you find it refreshing to create something new.
Just preparing for the show with all new pieces I wanted to display and offer for sale, I found I couldn’t wait to get into the studio each day with a fresh eye.
There is a personal excitement and joy that comes from creating something beautiful.
There is a physical response that comes when you take a blank canvas and put the paint and colors together.
Once you’ve created new pieces, you want to share it with others so they can enjoy it, too.
But You Hate the Attention
When you step behind the canvas and the art galleries so you can show and sell artwork yourself, there is a vulnerability that surfaces.
For me, the process of painting is so personal and intimate.
I like to be in the background, so the art speaks for itself.
Ironically, I also like to teach others how to design, use color, and create art.
It is a double-edged sword because you need attention to sell your artwork and get exposure for your capabilities as an art teacher.
At the end of the day, you need the buzz and attention whether you like it or not.
Put Yourself Out There
Even though you don’t look forward to all the attention, you need to feel grateful for it. I know I do.
Changing your perspective can help to make stepping from behind the canvas easier.
The next time you’re faced with this dilemma, consider doing these few tips:
Focus on sharing information, not selling your artwork or your online classes.
Listen to what others have to say so you can make sure you create and deliver something they can love.
When you shift from selling to sharing, everything becomes more comfortable.
So here I am at the art show, doing my own thing when a tremendous opportunity presented itself.
Four professional designers canvased the booths to find one thing to display and give a talk about at an upcoming session.
You can image my delight and surprise when renowned interior designer Thom Filicia came into my booth and selected some of my black and white drawings to showcase.
He asked me for the backstory and then borrowed the pieces to be the focal point of his portion of the presentation.
The pieces he selected came out of the 17-feet by 6-feet tall commission I create for the Ace Hotel in New Orleans. Today you can find the artwork over their performance stage.
I shared with Mr. Filicia how this creation was very different for me as I used loose canvas, and I typically work on stretched canvas.
During his talk about my artwork, he shared anyone can start collecting by buying one focal piece (like this) and adding to it over time.
This simple act of having my pieces discussed by an expert interior designer created a lot of buzz and interest in my work.
After the talk tons of people came over to speak with me and see my creations.
This unsolicited attention helped me sell several prints, including many of the black and white drawings Mr. Filicia showed during his talk.
An Opportunity for You
As you consider starting an art collection or adding to an existing one, reflect on the points made by Thom Filicia.
You don’t have to attend the show at Round Top to review and purchase from my collection.
You can view and purchase the artwork I have at the show here.
When you decide you want to learn to create your own artwork, consider taking my new, online art class that I’ll be offering shortly.
Scroll to the bottom of this page and sign up for my waitlist.
Whether you collect art, create art, or do both — always look for ways to put yourself out there to share the beauty you’ve found or created with others.