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I didn't see the date on this blog post. The exhibit is over.

Publicity is everything and I hope that you received that, at least.

So, how did things go? Is your husband now asking you to give this up? I hope not. I pray for you in that arena, also.

Adam must have loved Libya and airplanes and travel. It did you good to get away and to receive some positive recognition again.

posted by benzinha on May 11, 2008 at 11:36 PM | link to this | reply

lindo, I am a personal coward, you are brave and farsighted.

I only sell my paintings in stores and not in galleries as I cannot take the criticism nor embrace the need for 'buyers' to appear and to find my 'simplicity' appealing.

There is an elitism that scares me away, but you face it and embrace the judgements and allow for disappointments to gather. You are really brave.

I would melt into a puddle within the gallery, right there on the floor as people came in the door to 'peruse' my work. I would run out sobbing at the first criticism or harsh remark. I can take a bullet in the foot, but not a sideways glance and a frown at my painting on the wall.

So, I sell my work in stores where the clientele are searching for accessories and not 'fine art'. When younger, I tried that path and the opinions of silly people often held more weight than common sense and what some of them saw as art was just silly to me.

As I say, I pray for your success and admire your personal courage and feel for you and for the irksome knowledge that your work is being seen as "less than fabulous" because it is "less or minimalist or simplicity itself".

I run when invited into smaller galleries and continue to sell in stores. Give me ignorant buyers who buy what they like and have no art background to justify their purchase. Safer for my fragile ego. Stores don't make me stand next to my paintings, gracias a dios.

May all that you worked so hard to display, sell and repay your hours and hours.

posted by benzinha on May 11, 2008 at 11:28 PM | link to this | reply

Thanks everyone

I am sorry to have sounded so disheartened, every cloud has a silver lining and I am sure God disrupted my plans for a reason. I hope things will look up in the remaining 5 days of the exhibition. Photos will follow but the slow connection is making it difficult to upload pics.


posted by lindo on April 25, 2008 at 10:53 AM | link to this | reply

There are so many motivations among competitors, not all artists are
generous, especially if they feel they are competing with you for sales.  I'm sorry there wasn't a big payday for you this time, but don't give up on yourself. Your art keeps your heart beating and your mind working, even if it doesn't pay the bills.

posted by Pat_B on April 25, 2008 at 5:15 AM | link to this | reply

You are up to the task!
Believe! And when you speak of your work do so with purpose!


posted by Azur on April 24, 2008 at 9:42 PM | link to this | reply

Do what your heart says!  sam

posted by sam444 on April 24, 2008 at 4:06 PM | link to this | reply

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