The paintings came down much quicker than they took to hang, and David and I were done in like 20 minutes. All told, I sold the biggest single painting – the Dandelion – and ten other smaller paintings. I received three commissions from the show and sold a number of the small gift style items – notecard sets, wine gift bags, and tote bags – so it was a very good and profitable “business result” and encouraged me to press forward with my art.
Ultimately, what this, the first show did, was it gave me confidence. I realized I can paint, and paint things people like and would like to collect. I realized I have a “knack” for the business/marketing/promotion side of things too, and going balls out to ensure a good sized crowd came was truly worth it. I can honestly say this endeavor was a success.
I also realized I love painting enough that I could do it for a living. It’s more than just a hobby or one of my many tangents that cause my husband to roll his eyes but support me nonetheless. When all is said and done, I worked on this show full time — and then some — for more than a month to prepare for it and promote it and create for it. And I did not find it a job at all. In the end, I relished the opportunity and am so very grateful that it came my way!
Now, onto whatever lies ahead!