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04/27/2006: "Hurry Hurry Hurry, Everything Must Go!"
It's a show...an art *show*, not a sales event. After the exhibit (which isn't until next Friday) I'll be asked by many people "how many paintings did you sell". This question is OK if you sold a lot, but makes for a very awkward exchange if you didn't sell any.
I want people to attend for one reason only, because they want to see the paintings. Period. The space is small so there won't be a lot of food and wine, and I don't want friends and co-workers to feel like they *have* to come out of guilt etc.
I paint because I love to do it more than anything else in my life, and I want people to see the results of all that hard work. To see why I couldn't go to the movies, or out for drinks...and I know some people absolutely love the work but just canít afford to buy. So how do we gage success then? By the number of people who attend? By the number of complimentary comments in the guest book?
Iíve decided to look at this as a success alreadyÖbecause I accomplished what I set out to do. I took (nearly) a year off from exhibiting and continued to work hard everyday at putting together a body of work that represents the best that I can do. And best of all, Iíve been given the chance to share the work with people who enjoy art. That, my friends, is what itís all about; no more whining and feeling sorry for myself!!!