“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
Keeping busy. Yes! Making optimism a way of life. Trying! Really trying!! It has been a long road, the news each day seems more and more grim. Discouraging. I am making preparations for a trip to Chattanooga to exhibit at an outdoor art festival [ 4 Bridges Art Festival] next week. I am reminding myself on a daily basis that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged! The sun is still shining, there are people who believe in the value of original artwork.
Havi Brooks wrote a wonderful post, [It’s not the economy.] Havi tells the story of a neighborhood store going out of business because of the current state of the economy. She says, “Even in the worst of economic times, there are thousands and thousands of businesses — large and small, in physical spaces and on the internets — which absolutely thrive…“ She goes on to say, “It’s [the economy] not a good enough reason until you’ve been daring. Until you’ve tried some hard-core “let’s mix it up and change what we’re doing” stuff. This is the time to do stuff differently.” Okay, I am mixing it up – I am planning on exhibiting a lot of new work – including my collection of small works that I have never shown in a venue like this. I will have both large and small pieces available, work on canvas, paper, and panel. I will offer payment plans, except credit cards, even except cash if there is any left out there! I am trying everything I can think of to keep the doors of this little neighborhood store open. Havi says, “…you’re absolutely entitled to have a good cry and to ask for a hug or whatever else you need. And of course a long whine about how incredibly frustrating it all is. Completely legitimate.” Been there, done that! No, it doesn’t pay to get discouraged – the sun is still shining. Art is important. Art will always be important – in that, I do have faith.
Painting is available. [for sale]
“Negatives abound more than positives – and it is difficult not to get affected by it.”
-Lida van Bers