I'm generally a person of few words here at this blog but today I stopped in over at Andrea Pratt's blog and her post created a fire storm of emotion for me.
I've thought about opening an Etsy shop. The posts at Andrea's really made me stop and think long and hard about the value of that idea.
Lately I've been getting a few comments on my art posted here. A couple of people have used the word "cute". Now PLEASE don't get me wrong, I really truly appreciate ANY comment I get because, well, quite frankly I get so few comments so any affirmation of my work is of value to me. But, do I want my work to be seen as "cute" ??
Oh, god, I feel so damned lost as an artist.
I have friends who tell me they think my art is remarkable. Let's be honest here, how much stock should a person put in the opinion of friends?
I had four pieces at a boutique gallery for nearly a year. Only two items ever sold. I know, I know someone will say "find your audience". That is true. And if I want this to happen I need to make it happen for myself. No one else will do it for me.
So on the other side of this, my friend who is such a champion of my work is bringing two people to my house today to look at furniture and art for potential purchase. I guess she feels strongly enough about my work to talk it up to her network. I'm excited, scared. What next?
Off to think on this some more......................
If anyone is out there, your honest feedback is what I really need right now.