Studio Time

Increasingly, I am finding that I enjoy and crave my studio time more than I enjoy the chaos of festival prep, set up and vendor drama. Don’t get me wrong, I love people and talking about my art and, of course, selling my art but the allure of getting lost in my work in my own little space has become a definite need for me. I am finding that I have less patience for the taxing little issues with displays and the tent and weather. Every booth space is different and every display brings its own troubling headaches.  It is never “done” or over or resolved because there is always something to improve or adapt to make easier or to stream-line.  A tent display is ever-changing so therefore is never easy. Then there is the weather. Weather is the wild card always. There are never any guarantees when doing an outdoor festival largely do to the weather of the day. The effort involved in preparing and packing and setting up and taking down an entire display for an art festival is a lot of work. It is therapeutic to commiserate with other artists about this because those of us who do it very much have a lot to say on the subject.

I can’t ignore the positives or the pros of selling art from a tent in a festival though; the lovely, appreciative customers, the happy festive environment and the interaction with other artists are very rewarding. Still, my favorite part about being an artist is working in my quiet little studio, coaxing ideas into reality and though I must sell my work to be able to continue to do what I do, I believe all success starts with the simple, basic passion of your craft. Because nothing authentic can come without that quiet beginning. And so it goes.

~ by ambeckart on September 17, 2018.

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