Years of experience have taught me that opportunities come from where you least expect them, and they come when you are not expecting them. Paying it forward and karma are never lateral actions, the good you do does come back, but never in the way you expect.
Take, for example, the massive show prep I put out over the last month. I was hoping for, expecting, intending, a great show, to sell the wonderful work I’ve been creating. To touch people and speak to them through my art.
Well, I did get the speak to people part. But I only sold one piece, and that was to another artist at the event.
I came home disappointed, sad, and yes, a little crushed. I indulged in a little pajama-moping time, and let myself take a few minutes from the constant go-go-go of creating work and marketing work and breathing work.
And I remembered the many times I’d gotten the rejection letter from Quilt National, and how those same pieces of work had gone on to other shows, winning multiple awards in several cases. How not getting jobs had worked out to free me to visit family, or to be available for other opportunities which were even better.
I didn’t do the usual beating myself up over prices, because no one even looked at the prices, so that couldn’t have been it. I told myself I made some great connections with local women artists who I’ve vaguely known over the years, and got to know them a little better. Connection is always good. I read the new Mercy Thompson novel.
I took Friday and Saturday, and then I posted the work to my Etsy shop. I kept moving, and I fully expect something better to come along.
Here are some pictures of some of the work I posted:
I will let you know when that something better comes along. Until then, I leave you with this: