I finally joined an art community in my town and am involved in a gallery in Tinton Falls, NJ. It took me so long to do this and I am so happy I did. It takes time and nerve to get up and out there facing people with my work, but I have to do it. It;s not easy to put yourself in an open space where people walk by and look at you and your work. There are moments where you wonder if they will like your work, think it's good enough and wonder if they will consider buying it. I worried if the other artists thought I measured up as well. Here's something I learned. I am proud of the work I am doing and was so happy to engage with other artists and potential collectors as they walked by. They energized me to do paint more.
The group I met at the gallery is so welcoming. They meet up every week at a different location to do photography. I was very nervous to go and found a fellow photographer to join me. Well, we were welcomed with open arms. It was sooooo much fun. Now I have some work that will be potential paintings and have opened a circle of creative minds that inspire me everyday.
This summer I will do a few art shows and keep meeting up with the photo group. This feeds my creative soul and will help me to grow as an artist and as a person.
I am grateful to have met both groups and am glad I stepped out of my comfort zone.