Today I sold two large paintings. I would not have sold them had I not been willing to take a risk. I was asked to do a one woman show in a very public place....a show that I would have to sign a waiver agreeing that if there should be damage or loss I would not hold them responsible. I had turned down this opportunity twice due to that one clause in the agreement.
But again, I was called and asked if I would hang a show for the month of December and January....and I had to look at this again......this was a hospital....a place that would be full of worried people, sick people and
some that would be leaving with loss in their hearts....and many Doctors and Nurses, spending long hours trying to bring the best outcome to each and every family.
Sometimes we play it safe, as though the art really belongs to us and we shrink back, calling our decision wisdom, when many times it is only fear of loss, fear of something being taken from us....
I have learned a valuable lesson and it has built more confidence in the Creator to hold me and all I have in His care.
I had several calls from people that were on their way to xray or procedures with fear of the unknown
looming over them.......they were so touched by the paintings and drew peace from them...one family walked the hall where the paintings were while waiting for family member to go through the procedure.....some many of the staff made sure that I knew how much they loved the colors and would go out of their way to come down the hall where the paintings were exhibited.....
So, I think that risk is a good thing....I dont' think we were created to always play it safe...and even more than that...art is meant to be life,passion, peace and a stirring of the soul......I think that the arena of public places it a very valuable part of reaching the community that might never set foot in a gallery...and if we bring beauty into the ordinary, then we have made our sphere of influence a much better place.
I have meet some amazing people through this risk and I am a better artist because of it....the fact that I sold paintings was a by product.....and as it should be......I must paint and change my world because I was created to paint and release how I see the world...I can find a greater purpose in that..