I want to thank all those who worked so hard to make it happen and to thank those who came to see us there. There was a lot to choose from in the area. The mountains are a busy and attractive place this time of year. Thanks to everyone who came to my booth and with their kind words encouraged me to continue doing what I do. Thanks too, to the couple who decided that they wanted a piece of my work to take home with them.
I talked with a number of people who want to do artwork but doubt themselves. I explained to more than one person that all artists doubt themselves. It seems to come with the territory.
I also discussed with a number of people who want to participate in making art that it takes practice and lots of it to produce a body of work. Artists who work consistently can make the work they do seem very easy to the casual observer. It took them years to achieve a level of expertise. Wanting it to happen is not enough. Hours spent with the medium working through problems and failures and ultimate incremental success is what has produced the art you admire. It is work, albeit for me enjoyable and satisfying.
I am not special for being able to do what I do. I am dedicated. And everyone chooses the things they are willing to dedicate themselves to. That being said if you want to do art then you need to start somewhere. Art classes that teach you design principles, how mediums work, what tools to use are a great place to start.
It can be learned, but it does not come magically or overnight.
Discovering after trying that visual art is not for you might be the only thing you learn, or that a particular medium is not your cup of tea. Those are lessons too that are of value.
I struggle with believing the wonderful, kind things people say to me about my work - but thank you. I saw myself in the doubts people expressed to me about themselves. But I am not going to stop and I hope if you have decided to travel this path that you are not going to stop either.
See you at the next show?