Putting Myself Out There

I have always been inspired by art. From a young age I can remember creating a black and white stippled drawing. It was all done with dots. Small dots from a sharpie pen. The size of the paper was large, around 11×14. I committed do completing it and created a portrait of a woman. I’m guessing someone’s image from a magazine. It was and still is something I was really proud of. It took time and commitment and more than that, I really enjoyed the process.

That’s what art is. A process. As an artist I am always growing within my art. One of the scariest things artists can do is “put” their art/work out there. Putting your art out there can include showing it in galleries, putting it online, sharing it with friends & family, etc. You are showing to the public so it can be seen and the scariest part, critiqued. As an artist there is always that fear of your work not being well received by others. Its a part of you that is being shared. Something you feel attached to, have feelings for. So if someone doesn’t like it or purchase it you feel let down. It’s a bit of blow to the ego in a sense.

But as I have grown older and hopefully wiser I am ready to “put myself out there”. I’m ready to share my personal work with the world. I’m ready to not hide it in my home any longer. I’m ready for it to bring happiness and joy to other people, which is one of the major reasons why I love art so much.

I announced my Etsy Storefront recently. It will be evolving and changing over the next few weeks. I am starting on a new artistic adventure of showcasing my work at art fairs. I am venturing out to become a true traveling artist. I recently moved back to my home state of Wisconsin and I couldn’t be more excited to start this adventure here. Be sure to follow me on my social media for the upcoming dates and locations you can come meet me at.

As I embark on this new adventure, I will bring you along for the ride. Of course, getting out in person if you can to visit a local art fair is truly where the experience lies. But if you can’t make it then I will share images here, on my blog.

Until next time, Alexis