A few months ago I received an email calling all artist in my community to take part in an open studio art tour. As I read the email, I thought to myself “Could I really show my art along side so many talented Artists?” I have only showed my art during the holiday season at craft shows and boutiques. Although I get complements, I have not been overly successful at selling even my prints. It is fun participating in the holiday boutiques, but participating in this art tour would mean I would be a part of a community of artist. Do I really belong with other artists? How will my art compare to other artists? Will I be seen as an artist, or just a mom with a hobby? As all these questions swirled around in my head along with my doubt and lack of confidence, I decided to put an end to all those thoughts. I had this little nudge encouraging me to let go of all those insecurities and just “go for it.” Guess what I did? If you guessed I applied for the open art studio tour, you are correct! I decided to go with the little voice that told me to go for it and I applied for the open studio art tour. I am so happy I did!
The open studio art tour was a two day event. I was very excited to set up all of my paintings in my small home studio that I use for teaching dance classes. It was amazing even for me to see all of my artwork on display. There were some pieces I had even forgotten about! As the morning leading up to the Open Studio Art tour became a reality, my excitement to share my work overcame any nervous feelings I had about sharing my work. As the first hour approached I was so happy to see people driving up my long driveway to see my mixed media art! As the hours progressed I had many friends, family and local residents enter my studio. I received many complements on all my pieces, sold many prints and even an original painting. I also received many requested for commissioned peices. By the end of the two day event, all my doubt had been washed away.
Here are a few pictures of how I displayed my art in my dance studio.
I am so grateful I finally decided to share my art alongside so many other talented artisans. I hope you all enjoyed seeing a little part of what I love, creating whimsical art pieces.