Alrighty then. So last week was the St Cloud Art Crawl as you may remember from previous freak outs *wink*. Overall, I think it's safe to say it went well enough. Things started out pretty slow, but by my second glass of wine (oops) it picked up. Saw a ton of familiar faces and had the chance to chat with a few of you. Yea! I think that's the best part is getting to see everyone and get feedback in person. Otherwise, I sit in my tiny apartment creating away like a Keebler elf & staring at a computer screen waiting for a "like" or a <3 or something!!!
I heard lots of great things about the new stuff *blush*- I'm just amazed you all noticed! And to think I questioned if you were all paying attention. You, no, no not you... you over there. Yep, you. Sales were okay, but I think I walked away with a chunk of custom orders instead- jewelry and embroidery.
I love making stuff for someone in particular. It's kind of intimate- don't be weird about it- it is! I just hate the pricing though! Ugh! The embroidery is the hardest. I don't know if any of you out there embroider or cross stitch or anything, but it is a HUGE time suck! Even some of the simpler test hoops can take much longer than you think. And when you figure out the math of 6+ hours of work for $25-35 well, it's a little depressing to think about what your "worth". I know that probably means I should raise my prices, but I really believe that art should be affordable- for pretty much everyone! And it really isn't an issue when I'm working on whatever piece that can get done whenever, but it's harder when it's a particular piece (with the added stress of 'will he/she like it?!') that needs to be done by ___. I mean, does that cost more? And sometimes I just don't know how long it's going to take me. I have been painting rooms inside of homes for like 8 years or something and I STILL expect to be done in like 2 hours. I am a chronic under-estimator of time.
So while I try to get a handle on all of the icky pricing crap, I am working hard on enjoying the piece and not letting it stress me. I've been channeling Stuart Smalley (you know, SNL- anyone?) and trying to remember "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me" and just saying NO! to all of the mean girls shit in my head telling me otherwise. Are all artists full of doubts? Oh no, they're not. I've met some of them and they are pompous assholes. I feel like the girl all alone at the lunch table wondering if I can still make friends with the scoliosis brace and the metal mouth. So when Stuart Smalley isn't doing it I try to channel Barney Stinson and remember "I'm awesome and this piece is going to be legon- wait for it- dary!" It's working actually, but fear not I'm a long way from pompous. I'm currently ENJOYING my FOUR custom pieces and not freaking out a bit. No, really. Stop laughing. Jerk.
So besides trying to keep my cool during negotiations, I did manage to get some pictures of more of the laid back fun that took place. I had fun showing alongside Dan Mondloch with his always amazing watercolors and general great attitude and the always funny Mike Stodolka who showed his amazing motorcycle art- or rather art ON motorcycles! His paint jobs are amazing! And if this picture of him and my hubby don't inspire you to check him out or go buy a motorcycle I don't know what will.
P.S. This was before all the beer!