Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wishin' and rantin'

The show year is already shaping UP!  LOOK at the applications I've already received for shows I participated in last year! Williamston.  Grand Ledge.  Haslett.  There are still at least 3 more coming from the various Okemos venues, as well as a couple new ones that I hope to be able to do.  There was also one that I already decided NOT to do this year - but will probably attend and find out whether the drive, the hotel and the WORK will be worth my while NEXT year.
WHEW!  I've got some major manifestation of show fees to do!

Part of me wishes ($$$ wise) that show season could last ALL 12 months; and if I could find the right venues, galleries, consignment stores, etc. - I suppose it could.  But part of me is sort of happy for the 'breather' - the time to kick back, not touch a bead if so inclined, read a book or two or ten, and mull, think, ideate and CREATE the plan for the year ahead.  Sort of what I've been doing.  As I mentioned in a previous post or two - the year didn't quite start out on a winning note - with a major bout of 'sniffles' and just blah feeling, and my muse hightailing it to warmer climes. 


Finally though - she has returned, and I've managed to crank out a fair amount of denim pieces in the last week or so:

 Plus a few others too - one of which SOLD the same day I posted it on Facebook.  Which brings me to the rantin' part of this blog (I may have mentioned how much I love a good segue)...

I recently read an article, or maybe it was a blog post, about artists, and how using social media to BRAG about our work was wrong; that in most cases, our 'pats on the back' were an exaggeration and most artists were not worthy - even of their own praise.  WHAAAAAATTTT?   Excuse me?
You know - it has taken me a looooooooooong time to learn to be proud OUT LOUD about my art. To NOT be humble and hide my light. That my work that I MAKE MONEY FROM is just as worthy and important as the person selling cars or insurance.  And I STILL. STILL find it hard sometimes to sell myself to others (especially face to face), to simply say thank you when the compliments do flow from those that truly appreciate what I do.  But to NOT share?   In this day and age of being plugged in, and ONLINE for everything?   Granted - I did not finish reading the article/blog - and honestly, maybe I should.  But I got to that point with such anger and disappointment at their view on artists, that I couldn't.    Why is ART, especially in beaded form, so hard for people to take seriously?    Maybe if enough of us out here in the bead world shout out loud, especially on social media like Facebook and our blogs, websites, Twitter, and the like - we'll take over the WORLD!  

Wish I could have found a photo of a BEADED WORLD!  THAT would have been awesome!

Stay warm, dry and bead happy.  Watch for developing class, event, shows and STUFF from Cool Moon!

Peaceful beading,

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