i always try to look at the positive side of things, but when my painting SHE STANDS OUT was stolen from the ARTspace gallery a few weeks ago, it took a bit for me to come around and see the good in it all.
i remembered the super sweet girl who just couldn’t take her eyes off of that painting at my art show back in January. she stared at that owl with her eyes inches from the canvas. and i wonder where that painting is now and hope that whoever has it appreciates it just as much as that girl once did.
for me, showing my art in public spaces is a way to connect with people in their every day. so it was a very hard decision to take down the show from ARTspace last week.
but i knew, in closing one door, a new door would open.
i’ve learned the importance of taking the time to ask questions and know the details involved in protecting my art whenever i show my work. and most importantly, i’ve learned to really value myself and my art.
and remember how i mentioned that in closing doors, new ones can open? well, once i decided to take down that show, all of these new ideas started bubbling for new projects that i am thrilled to put my full heart into!
she stands out even sparked a conversation between my UK agent fiona pattison and Go Inpsire Go founder toan lam. that conversation then led to a skype chat between me and toan last week. and let me just say, that toan is doing some amazing things that i’m so excited to be involved with! Go Inspire Go (GIG) is all about discovering and using your power to help others…definitely check out GIG if you’re looking for some inspiration.
it’s really been all about celebrating the little things. and as i realized in my chat with toan, each experience in my life has been a dot that connects to the next. without one, the next might not be able to fall into place. and i’m really excited to see just where this dot leads me to next.
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