It's not always pretty. That's the name of my new piece. And I must warn you, it ain't pretty! And its full of angst!!
Many of my fellow artists have felt this very same way at some point in their career. I'm sure of it. It's just that not all of us have ever really voiced our frustrations over these "dark days", I'll call them.
I'm talking about the art and/or craft festivals, where either no one comes, or those that do are looking for something else. Something like a wooden cut-out of a pumpkin on a stick, a dried eucalyptus swag, a melted flat wine bottle windchime or a crocheted toilet paper cover.
After a while, it can get to you. This past summer it finally did for me. At a local art festival, where attendance was down, and those who were there were carrying around the above mentioned items and turning up their noses at my work, I had finally had it! Don't get me wrong, I didn't take it out on any of the "customers", but I did write a few rants in my journal. (which I'll share with you on another day.) After having told the umpteenth person that, NO! The Japanese lanterns are NOT FOR SALE!, I decided to focus my energies elsewhere. I will not be returning to that show. Ever.
In fact, I've secretly titled this piece, "An Ode..."
Boy, do I feel better!!