An Unusual Success Of A Show

Show Stand
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This writing for whoever shows up has turned out to be more difficult than I imagined.

The residue of thinking I need to do it the “right” way leaves me with a lot of blog posts in draft form or written in my head but not published.

I’ve been to-ing and fro-ing about the “right” angle from which to write this post and have decided that I’m just going to write what comes.

My primary purpose is to publish the picture of the stand from the Show I did on Sunday as I’ve promised a number of people I would. So . . . ta, da!! Here’s a picture of my stand.

I was very pleased with how it turned out and, as is so often the case, the simplest way turned out to be the best way.

I had a trial run the night before, took a photo of it and then packed up the pictures in the order they were hanging on the stand. This make it super easy to reconstruct the next day.

I didn’t get everything done I wanted to and overdid other things. For example, I ended up with about 9 pictures half completed and so not ready for sale. But I had about 40 bags made to put them in and then, it turned out, I didn’t need even one of them.

I learned a lot though, about all sorts of things so, for me it was a resounding, if somewhat unusual, success despite my not selling a single painting. Yep. You heard right. I didn’t sale any.

I had lots of positive comments and sold a greetings card and a few fridge magnets but not one painting was exchanged for money. Despite that I still enjoyed myself.inspirational art magnets

The biggest win for me was that I was OK with not selling any paintings. I was able to just follow the process of creating them and take them to the show without any attachment to the outcome. I like that. It’s very freeing.

It’s not something I’d wish to do on a regular basis, however, since it costs money that I’d rather get a return on. But for now it’s enough. I’m happy to see what comes next and keep moving forward in whatever way shows up next. Right now that looks like getting my online shop finished and playing with some other product ideas I have.

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed myself these last few weeks and find myself curious and excited about what happens next.

Please feel free to leave a comment on the blog. It’s lovely hearing from you.

Linking to Paint Party Friday, Creative Every DayFluster Buster Party, Handmade Sunday and Inspire Me Monday


18 comments to “An Unusual Success Of A Show”

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  1. emma - 25 Apr, 2013 Reply

    Hi G – the photo looks great – well done girly! And you’ve inspired me to practice being unattached to the outcome…..

    • Gillian - 25 Apr, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Emma!

  2. Katie - 26 Apr, 2013 Reply

    I like your attitude! Congrats on making sales!! :))

    • Gillian - 26 Apr, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Katie.

  3. Lisa - 26 Apr, 2013 Reply

    Was this your first show?? I’d say it was a success!! The display looks great, and I’m looking forward to checking out the pieces in your shop.

    • Gillian - 26 Apr, 2013 Reply

      Yep. This was my first show. Very much finding my feet in how I want to do this painting thing. Actually not so much finding my feet as following my nose and just doing the next thing. Sooooo fun!

  4. Mary C. Nasser - 26 Apr, 2013 Reply

    Your stand looks great!
    Your attitude is outstanding, too!!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  5. froebelsternchen - 26 Apr, 2013 Reply

    great art! great stand!

  6. Cat Beringer - 27 Apr, 2013 Reply

    What a great selection on quotes!!

  7. sandra sherman - 27 Apr, 2013 Reply

    Wonderful work and inspirational quotes!

  8. denthe - 27 Apr, 2013 Reply

    Your stall looks great! I like your positive attitude! Keep going girl!

  9. Anne - 27 Apr, 2013 Reply

    Great looking stand and congratulations on your sells, even if there weren’t so many, there were some! I suppose instant success is quite rare, this is maybe only the beginning! <3

  10. Dianne - 27 Apr, 2013 Reply

    Beautiful display! you did a lot of hard work and it shows. happy PPF!

  11. Annabelle - 27 Apr, 2013 Reply

    Hi Gillian,

    Having that positive unattached attitude makes for success! I think even if you didn’t make any sales which of course you did is still triumphant by being a part of the show , thus achieving exposure of your art work. Wishing you much success! ; )

  12. Debbie - 01 May, 2013 Reply

    Beautiful set up and I’ve been to several shows where we crafters exchange with each other because few sales were made. Still each sow is a learning experience! Do you have business cards? If not, you might want some for your next show…you may be surprised who will pick one up and call sometime when they have a project in mind or are looking for a unique gift!

    • Gillian - 01 May, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Debbie. And to everyone else who’s commented.

      I did have business cards. Well, Moo cards actually. But I loved them so much I was very selective with who I gave them to. I crack myself up at times. But I’ll get better. 🙂

  13. Sarah - 05 May, 2013 Reply

    I think it’s amazing you are willing to take a chance and put yourself out there like that. Good for you. And you did sell after all, even if not a painting.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

    ps. I can Imagine myself being exactly the same with the business cards things fyi 🙂

  14. Create With Joy - 05 May, 2013 Reply

    Everything looks awesome. SO inviting. Keep creating – do what you love, the $ will follow! 🙂

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