I have been surprised to learn in this past year that I really enjoy selling my work directly to the public. I'm a very private person, and I don't much like crowds, so normally the idea of spending six or more hours in a noisy hall with sixty other artists and hundreds of shoppers would fill me with automatic dread. And yet...
Although working an all-day sale is physically exhausting, when it goes well, it is great for the psyche. Shoppers' reactions to my work can boost my ego or humble me, or both at once. And I learn so much each time about how to present my work, how to sell it more effectively, what people like or find lacking in it, and where I want it to take me next.
I'm very grateful to everyone who stops at my booth, whether they buy or not, and to all show organizers and helpers who make this possible, and for the path that has led me to this point.
As an artist I work alone, and I like it that way. What I've discovered at these shows is that the feedback generated by public presentation of my work is necessary to keep me motivated, to go deeper with current ideas and give voice to new ones.