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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

YIKES. I'm having a meltdown!

Here's a preview of my new collection:

"Green Apple Village"

Four more days till the outdoor art show that I will be doing, and I feel like I'm drowning!! Why do we take on projects that just seem larger than life?? I think I'm making myself literally sick over preparing for this show!
I mean, it's all so silly that I do this to myself. I work myself up in a tizzy full of worry, self doubt (I guess that's the biggest source of anxiety), and I am overflowing with stress! I think one of the things I worry about (besides having enough inventory) is the vulnerability of having your work so out there to the public. I mean, I'm hardly one to shy from putting my work out there...but it's different than having that exposure face to face.

I actually have to talk about my work, promote it, engage people...and all that frightens me! Ha. Can you believe it?? It does, it really does.
Well, there's no turning back now. I need to do this. It's almost like a rite of passage now. I have to accomplish this feat in order to continue to climb my artistic ladder. I definitely need more exposure in my own area and region. It's my hope that this show will allow me to meet people that will become potential clients and spread the word of what it is that I do.

Keep your fingers crossed I don't fall flat on my face!

After this show though, I'm taking a little creative break. I need time to 'fill the well' again before I burn out. I also need to clean this blankety blank studio up and get my act together so I can have clear thoughts.

What is it that frightens you artistically??? Lay it out there so I don't feel so alone!


CreativeFlutter said...


You and I are both going to be in the same boat this weekend. I too am putting my out there and meeting and greeting the public, i'm totally excited and nervous all rolled up into one! Here's hoping we both don't fall over from exhaustion from all the crazy creating! HUGS!!!! Here's to SELLING too!!!!


glimmering prize said...

You are a fantastic artist with a great spirit- don;t fret- i will be oK! and remember to ENJOY the proces that's why we do this, right!

ArtSnark said...

No worries, Jodi. Your work & wonderful & unique. Your personality is so pleasant. You are articulate & passionate. All these things show through online. They will be crystal clear "live."

From experience I can say that most people who approach you will be reacting positively. And you WILL find it easy to talk about something you love - trust me :D

Gabby said...

Just today I was totally having a SWEET tooth and loving/picking out my future magnet at Flynne's. My fave thing is hearts so it is the perfect art for me. Glad it's available to me! Thanks for your work, xoxo Gabby

Marie-Aimée said...

it's really beautiful

Heidi said...

You'll do great, I just know it! :D I love the colors of these pieces--great color combo!!

Patti said...

Wish I could be there for moral support... or idle around all your work as the 'potential customer' talking them up! You'll do great - please don't forget to let us know!!
Love your new collection, btw:)

Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

I'm going through the same thing at the moment. I don't have enough inventory and I'm completely inexperienced.

I decided just to push through with what I have and chalk the rest up to experience. There is another even in July for me. I'll just learn from my mistakes.

You're going to go just fine. Your art is great and you've been stressing like a crazy person. I will all be worth it.

Becky said...

You will not fall flat on your face. Your to awesome a person and your work is wonderful Jodi! I love you and Im so sorry I cant be there for your show.

Chrisy said...

People will love your work...but I understand how you feel...I'm not keen on shows or markets...not because of the feedback but because of what I do to myself in the run up to them...stressin out and overworking...take care...

Contessa Kris said...

Deep breaths. We love you and that is all that matters. I'm sure the public will adore your art as well! I saw that Suzan has an art show this weekend too. I told her don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself. You WILL make it through. The nervous energy that you have will carry you through the show. I have no doubts.

I too suffer from what people will think of my work. Still trying to overcome that.

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