The OAST studiio tour reminded me once again how difficult self promotion of one's own work is. No agents heaping praise on creative ventures - just an artist self touting, putting it out there.
It's a risky business that inevitably attracts slings and arrows. "I don't like" this a customer mutters about a piece that took weeks to create. So and so is much more accomplished "we're wasting our time here. Let's move on." "The colors suck." Hard stuff for a creative to deal with, especially those new to the scene. Vulterable. Speaking of vulnerable it's not just artists with their work. It's also new businesses boot strapping, standup comics launching, And I'd include all sorts of crafts, musicians, and food entrepreneurs (bagels anyone?) in this discussion.
Take Tina Bolt for example. We renewed our connection on the art tour last weekend. Not only around fabrics and hand made constructs of all kinds but also "fermenting" vegetables. That's right! Oracle Ferments. She and her musician husband, Austin Owen, a locally renowned musician, offer a range of products of their own creation that includes bread, pizza dough and sauce. And they deliver which is kind of an unbelievable convenience. How about that?
Kaz and I moved to Oracle in 1979. The house we bought dated to the late 1940s. With little advance knowledge of the place, we set out to build a new life together, intending to settle in and raise a family.