Business of Art : Don't Wait

If you read my post about being in the midst of overwhelm you're going to think this is contradictory. And that's okay. Because maybe it is.

Here's the story:

I went to an art event recently that lots of local "real artists" attended. (I use quotes because I'm utterly lacking in self-confidence with this group of people who outperform me in both concept and craft every day. But that's another blog post...) 

Regardless, I began talking to a woman who asked me what I did and in addition to painting I told her about the exhibit I was (then) hanging at The Cafe on Broadway. As soon as I mentioned it a smile crept across her face. She knew the exact place I mentioned because she, as a local rep for artists, had visited that exact location recently and noticed that they were in between artists. She asked if she could solve their "no art on the walls" situation and was told that another local artist (me) had just made arrangements to hang a show.

Driving home that night I did some math.

When I initially was told the cafe was looking for a local artist to exhibit his or her work, I planned on coming back another time to make that happen.

I wasn't ready to pitch a show yet, I had no access to frames, and I didn't have anything but tiny prints and an old portfolio to show anyone!!

But, upon the insistence of the group I was with, pursued it that day. Afterward came the string of emails that always comes with planning, logistics, and agreements. Throw in family vacation for both me and the owner of the cafe (separately, of course) and things were severely delayed.

If I had waited as I initially planned, the chances are that I would have been too late. My new art rep friend would have made the opportunity happen and I would have had a wonderful portfolio to show the manager of the cafe but no exhibition.

And, as I mentioned at the top, sometimes, saying "yes" and then winging it just doesn't work.

But I would argue that most times it does. 

Inspiration : Beauty in the 'Burbs

Today I'm grateful for:

  • Weather that defies the negativity of the meteorologist. 
  • A new walker and an old dog.  
  • The humidity of a coming summer... I would, I think, be lost without the certainty of it after mid-May.
  • The fact that son likes to play in the weeping willows as much as I imagined I would when I was a kid. 
  • Our modest backyard that is more than enough room for a one year old and two dogs to roam. 
  • Breath. Being alive. Seeing the sun up and down for another day. 
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In contention for one of my favorite pictures ever. This captures both of their personalities so well.

In contention for one of my favorite pictures ever. This captures both of their personalities so well.

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Thesmaller pot is true evidence of my gardening skills.  

Thesmaller pot is true evidence of my gardening skills.  

My husband built this pergola. He is awesome.

My husband built this pergola. He is awesome.

Inspiration : Terra Studios

I grew up admiring the small Bluebird of Happiness glass figurine that sat on my grandmother's kitchen windowsill. The studio that makes them is situated on the side of a hill of the Ozarks about 40 miles south of my home.

Recently, I visited for the first time and experienced all the weird and wonderful that Terra Studios could offer a one year old and his mom. I say weird because it's basically what one would expect from hippies who decided to become hillbillies 40 something years ago.  All manner of gnomes and over fairytale creatures tucked in the midst of sculptures and fountains and flowers. It was obviously a bit tattered around the edges. 40 years of anything will do that. 

My short visit reminded me that things (art, relationships, experiences, life) do not have to be perfect to be delightful. 

A bluebird for my own kitchen window.  

A bluebird for my own kitchen window.  

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"Delight in the little things." 

"Delight in the little things." 

Kid loves him some water. Thankfully this didn't involve him splashing in the toilet so it was fun for everyone.  

Kid loves him some water. Thankfully this didn't involve him splashing in the toilet so it was fun for everyone.  

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Why yes I will be referring to this image for #100aysofprettyplants.

Why yes I will be referring to this image for #100aysofprettyplants.

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Gorgeous stained glass. In the bathroom of all places. 

Gorgeous stained glass. In the bathroom of all places. 

Because life is not complete without a goat sculpture. Also- this reminded me of my favorite childhood fairytale "Three Billygoats Gruff". 

Because life is not complete without a goat sculpture. Also- this reminded me of my favorite childhood fairytale "Three Billygoats Gruff". 

A mosaic selfie.  

A mosaic selfie.  

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