I won’t keep you in suspense (because I’m sure you’ve been biting your nails about this for days)…
My very first art sale was officially a success. Woohoo!!! I was so nervous the day before. My table neighbor at the sale said that her first art sale was like putting her underwear out for everyone to judge, and I kind of agree.
In my online shop, people can look at my work and decide what they think in a far away land totally apart from me. But at the art sale, I was sitting one small table width away from all of my judges. Fortunately, they were polite if they didn’t love my stuff and kind if they did. It was such a relief.
Amid the mass of polite folks, there was even a troop of very adorable Girl Scouts who asked me all about my work and took a huge chunk of my business cards. It took a while to explain how I’m inspired to paint and help each girl get the color of business card that she most loved. That was one of my favorite moments of the sale hands down.
So art sale complete, I immediately got on a plane (well, not immediately, but at 5 AM the next day) to Colorado to visit my parents and do a bit of work for them. It’s a pretty great story, and I’ll be working through that project for weeks to come, so I’m sure you’ll hear about it soon.
In the aftermath of the sale, I’ll admit that my online shop stats are a bit disappointing. Hundreds of people took a gander at my stuff in one day in person, and that energy rush was pretty great. Now I just have to figure out how to get similar views in my little corner of the online world. (But before I find success like that, I need to have the print shop replenish my stock a bit… one step at a time.)
P.S. The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (art sale location extraordinaire) is staffed by wonderful people, and I highly recommend it as a spot to visit if you’re in the area and haven’t been there lately.