Sunday, June 9, 2013

I Showed Up...

ive been pretty jazzed about doing the bailey’s barn sale. in general, i don’t do art shows any more, but this is such a fun and amazing place, i know the baileys, and i sold some art up there last year…so i’ve been putting a lot of time and effort into creating some special pieces just for the sale.


it was yesterday.  i met some lovely people, took pics of some cool stuff and even did a little sketching and watercolor while i was hanging around.  but, friends, here is the cold, hard truth.  i stayed the whole day and sold nothing. nada, zip, zero, not even a card….  i had to pay for my space and it’s 2 hours worth of gas to get there and back. 
 i have had this experience before a time or 2 and it all started feeling very déjà vu…but i’m determined not to let this plunge me into a negative spiral (as has happened in the past..)  there was not a large turnout.  i was not in a good spot – it was dark and difficult to see my work.  even so, a lot of people admired it and said it was like nothing they had ever seen before.  so i’m good with that.


i actually enjoyed the day in many ways, gave out some postcards for my upcoming workshop up there next month and tried to stay present throughout the day.  and you know what?  i’m confident that the energy put into this venture will have some kind of positive outcome in the long run…because i showed up. and did so with the best of intentions.



i wanted to share here because maybe you have had a similar experience and can relate.  and because earlier in my creative journey, this experience would have been quite devastating.  now i feel like i’m glad i did it, yet equally glad to have this extra “gift of a day” today (because i’m not going back as i had originally planned).  all part of the creative ebb and flow….


 thanks for visiting.... and for listening!



  1. Looks like a very interesting place. With such a low turnout, I'll bet a few other people experienced the same thing you did ... not fun! However, as you say, you did it with the best of intentions and I do think that means so much - it seems to lead to other places - better places. Good luck with your upcoming workshop. and PS: I don't think there is an artist on the planet who has not experienced a day like you just experienced. What do you think? big hugs, Donna

  2. It was a great place Patty thank you for recommending it! I purchased a few things as well as captured some good photos. I'm sorry you had a bad experience. Lets keep rooting for your class in July!! I know that will be a success. 👍💕

  3. Dear Patty: I know we have all had experiences like this in some capacity and it's so difficult not to take it personally. But...I also know (from experience) that other doors/avenues will open up and what matters most is that you showed up with your whole heart! So glad you shared your story with us...I know so many many of us can relate.!!! tons going on in your backyard!!! YIKES!!!!! Can't wait to see the after pics.
    P.S. e-mail coming soon:) xxx

  4. patty,
    I am so happy you shared this experience. I agree that some of us newer artists who haven't been to a show really never know what to expect. I admire your attitude. It comes through in all of your posts and I look forward to every single one of them. Best wishes, and I can't wait to hear more from you.

  5. i think most artists have had shows that were total busts...i had one just last December. so feel disappointed and mad and anything else you feel...but don't ever let it stop you from making just wasn't the right venue, it's the beginning of summer, people are on vacation, etc. Your photographs are really amazing...don't ever stop!!

  6. Bravo to you for staying open and positive! I have been reminding myself that everything that I put love and creative energy into does return to me, even if it's not in the form that I expect and I don't recognize it until I look back. May the energy you put into this return to you tenfold.


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