Well, I've done it now. I have committed, with my friend Rick, to an exhibit of just my paintings and his photographs for the whole month of January in the upstairs gallery at a local independent theater, The Grandin Theater www.grandintheater.com . It's a pretty large space to fill in a very popular theater. Between launching this website and committing to this exhibit, I guess I am now all in with my art.
When you share a part of yourself with the world, it can be frightening because if you get criticism, it's very easy to think that it's personal. If you don't like my music, art, photography, or whatever I have shared with you, you don't like me. If you think it's bad, you think I'm a bad person.
I have learned that, internet trolls aside, this perception is really not true. I have learned that it's my own sense of myself that defines who I am. My art is part of who I am and I love doing it so much that I want to share it. When someone buys a piece of art, they are investing in something that reflects the person who made it. But they are also reflecting their own personality, likes and dislikes that have nothing to do with you.
So if you are someone who makes art, sings, plays an instrument, writes books, or in any other way, projects a part of the creative side of yourself, it's critical that you also continue to develop a strong sense of your own self worth. That inner strength and sense of who you are at your core will get you through lots of rejection, judgement, and doubt. I never stop working on that aspect of myself. I hope you like what I do and if you like it, I hope you will buy it (mama needs a new paint brush!). If you don't, I won't be crushed. I will appreciate that you came here and looked at what I am sharing.
If you are local to the Roanoke, Virginia area, I hope you will stop by the Grandin in January and see what we have to share.