Friday, September 30, 2011

What's up?!

My first exhibition is over. I picked up the paintings on Wednesday and they are back on my wall. I have this walk in closet in my living room that I plan to tear down cause there is some remodeling going to happen in the future. I have these paintings hung on it so I can look at them and get inspired. They are now for sale. If you want one let me know. I will list them on Etsy as well though.
As far as the exhibition goes I was a little disappointed in my friends and family. The paintings were hung for 28 days and some of them couldn’t take time out of their “busy” schedule to take a look. I mean really, come on. I know I’m out of town but it’s still 30 min on a freeway. And some of them acted like it’s a waste of their time to just go and take a look at the show. They wanted to incorporate it into their activity. Like if they happen to be in the neighborhood. For real? I need not mention they never showed up. And some of them were driving past but they were in a hurry so they couldn’t stop.

Others on the other hand surprised me with their visits. A couple of them even showed up with their babies. So thank you to all that took the time and went to see my very first exhibition. I really appreciate the support. Especially as I realized it takes an effort to do so.

Ok, I got that out now here are some pics. These are from Total Alignment free class from Connie. I already showed the cat from afar once but here they are up close. I’m showing them even though they’re ugly cause Connie says it’s about the process and ugly is ok. Well, I like the cat. The cat is not ugly. :)
And another thing. Amy came up with this awesome idea that we all write a neverending story. Like you e-mail her to put you in line and when it's your turn you write a story continuing the last person's story. Get it? Well, just go over there and check it out. :) I mean click the damn cute cat!

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41 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your first ever EXHIBITION. I am so excited for you. Family? I am very proud of you for speaking your truth. We all have those members who will never have time to support us. Be proud of your work and what you have achieved! huge hugs, Donna

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  2. How exciting to have a first exhibition. Well done you. Your work is lovely so well worth showing it off. There is a saying that comes to mind....'You can chose your friends.....' Don't let it get to you. Just keep getting out there with your artwork cos they will all want to know you when you're famous :-)
    Hugs,
    A x

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  3. congrats on your first exhibition. sorry to hear your friends and family didn't support you so well. as i often say more and more these days, humans never fail to disappoint (guess that's why i prefer animals for the most part! )

    i like this idea of Amy's very much and am off to check it out now!

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  4. So sorry you were disappointed about your family. I know how that is, none of mine care if I am alive or dead. But it as great that you had your exhibition, and I am sure you will be having another one sooner or later. Valerie

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  5. Congratulations on your first exhibition, you must be so proud of yourself and your wonderful artwork. Sorry to hear about the family though. Happy PPF and keep smiling, Annette x

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  6. I know this will be the first of many exhibitions, and don't worry about your family. I think we all have this story. If I went by their actions, I would be so insecure that I probably wouldn't be making art--Thank God I know better : )

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  7. Congratulations on your exhibition! Families don't always understand the importance of art...

    I love the cat!!

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  8. For so many people art is not a priority. Don't be disappointed, is art shallow ? Yes, and that's what makes it essential.
    Hugs xxx
    Peggy

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  9. Well....this is what I have to say to you about those who didn't show. If they are family...Just because we were born in the same womb or share DNA means that I have to like you or hang around you or share my life with you. (I have two horrible brother whom I have been HAPPILY astranged from for years. It's awesome.)

    As far as the friends whom didn't show?? Why are they friends?? Perhaps you need to pare down that list!!! You might be someone who gives too much to the wrong people.

    Third, throw a fun party and invite the people who DID show up and thank them. Focus ON THOSE PEOPLE, not the ones who are so self absorbed, they couldn't take the time to see your work.

    There...that is my advice, for what it is and isn't worth!!!! lol Congrats on your exhibition. Focus on the postive!

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  10. I like your colorful cat, Natasha. Never in a 1000 years would I call it ugly. I'm sorry about your disappointment over the attendance of your exhibition. I have only had exhibitions at spring arts festivals where there are lots of competing artists. I know how much trouble it is to set up and take down. But the next one you may find easier since you learned from this first one. And I hope that your friends and family will show more support at the next one. Faye

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  11. Congratulations on your first exhibition. As to who showed up and who didn't...well, I am always pleasantly surprised by people who made an effort when I didn't expect them to, and I have learned to shrug off those who should have come but didn't bother.

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  12. I understand your dissapointment, I'd be pretty pissed too... Guess it just shows who of one's friends are really interested and who's just full of shit...
    Either way, congrats on the exhibition!
    And whoever says the cat's ugly needs to look again, it's adorable!

    // - T.W -

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  13. Kudos on your first exhibit ~ Family, friends, those not into 'art' don't get how important it is to just 'show up' for you ~ It is the unknown to them (even if it is yours) ~ Wonderful art ~ so glad you are here on PPF ~ love your work! ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

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  14. Congratulations Natasha on your first exhibition! I'm sorry the friends and family weren't supportive. But remember this, how many people that you know can do what you did? You should be very proud of yourself. And your art is NOT ugly! I like both the cat and the woman. Have a fabulous weekend. Maybe take a break from all the work you've been through and come back fresh next week. Happy PPF! :-)

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  15. Congratulations on your first EXHIBITION!!

    I really like your photos, too!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mary C. Nasser Art Blog

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  16. It's so exciting for an exhibition...sorry that it was not well attended by friends and family, but it's an AMAZING accomplishment and inspiration for sure! BRAVO!!! POP ART MINIS

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  17. I hope this was the first of many shows! Maybe next time the family will go, but don't let that stop you! :o)

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  18. Congratulations!
    on your first EXHIBITION ♥♥ Please do not worry about family and friends. Many family and friends just look at my art and don't understand it.
    Remember they are all in a different realm then we are! Thank God!
    Love ya.. ♥ Darlene

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  19. Congrats on your exhibition, too bad about the friends and family but such is life! Those are cute little pieces too!

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  20. Congratulations on your show. The work looks great. I'd certainly have dropped if I lived over there. You can't count on friends and family, they always take you for granted. I have one friend who says she's coming to every show, an insists on an invitation, but has not been to one in twenty years!

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  21. Congratulations on your first exhibition!! Don't let those who weren't there for you bring you down... focus on those who were :)

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  22. Congrats on your 1st exhibit. Ya to those who did support you. Don't mind the others. I bet Picasso was told some of his art was ugly! Keep creating, painting & enjoying what you do. xo Theresa

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  23. First of many exhibits, I hope! It sucks when people don't come through for you....I'm sorry you didn't get the support you had expected...
    But doesn't it feel good to have had those who did stop by!
    Plus, coming here to vent is always acceptable!

    Keep slapping paint, we'll keep visiting!

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  24. congrats for your work,,,nice done

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  25. at my first showing I, too, was amazed at who didn't come....they eventually show up...I consider it their loss - your work is awesome and you are moving forward!
    cheers, dana

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  26. I'm sorry your family and friends didn't offer you more support! Your work is lovely and I actually think that cat is super cute!
    Happy Paint Party Friday!
    ~Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

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  27. Many years ago I did several exhibitions, and were quite disappointed as I lost my enthusiasm for exposing and I have not done it again. I hope you have better luck than me, your precious paintings are worth it. Greetings.

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  28. From what you have hanging on your wall it must have been a lovely exhibition. You have a well unified style and look. Happy PPF!

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  29. Congrats on the exhibit. Your work is great and it should be seen. You definitely have all of our support. Take care.

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  30. Hi Natasha, congratulations on your first exhibition, you are an inspiration!!! I wish I could have come along!!! Sorry to hear that you felt let down by some of your family and friends. I guess some people just don't get that art isn't just something you do it is a part of you and quite a personal thing to share. I have people that I thought would be more interested in what I do but they aren't but then there are the ones that surprise me like you said. I'm glad that I have my blog friends to inspire and encourage me!!!!

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  31. I know what you mean I live on an Island on 8,00 peeople and nothing is far from anything and still people couldn't get it together to see my exhibition. So I am grateful to those that did come. Nought queer as folk is an old english saying!!
    I agree with Nicola, often I get more from the blog feedback than my firends.

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  32. congratulations on your first show. Actions speak louder than words and in this case I think they were very clear. It seems they do not care. Time for you to rethink these friendships.
    But your online friends do care and I for one wish I were close enough...I would have stopped in to see your work.

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  33. congrats on your 1st exhibition. If i were in your area i would so love to pop by and check your works. Great paintings and colors.. You certainly have done a great job! Don't worry much about your family.. sometimes strangers surprise us or the least we expect to do something for us will do it. Hope u have a great day! Harmonythoughts

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  34. ok first off, I would be so sad too about people not coming to support me. That is so amazing you had a show. HUGE congrats!!! I am sorry this happened. I love your paintings, and the Total Alignment class looks awesome. I like how she paints! And your pieces looks great as well. I actually like her long curvy neck!

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  35. oh. okay. i thought i already commented, but i think i was just thinking about it.
    but look, i seriously know what you mean about people not bothering (not that i've had a show) but i think it's really Really because our friends and family don't always 'get' that what we are making or painting is really important to us. LIke, i Swear, i have relatives that ask me, 'amy, are you going to be famous?' and i am like, 'wtf? no.' and then to them, what i do is just 'playing around' or something i do 'in my free time' or a hobby. grrr.
    like if you aren't totally big recognized, then you are not doing something important.
    okay. this was all said very badly and with poor grammar, but you know what i mean.
    xx,
    amy

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  36. I'm sorry your family turned out to be unsupportive. I've noticed family is like that. I always say you can't pick your family but you can pick who you choose to be around. Congratulations on your very first show and here's to many many more! We are all so very proud of you!

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  37. Please don't worry about who showed up, what matters is that you had an exhibition and that is sooooooo wonderful!!! I have that problem of getting dissapointed when doing craft shows but then I realize its just not everyones thing ( as far as my friends and family anyway) What's cool is that through the show you probably made NEW friends like other artists who really ARE interested in art!!!I'll check out your Etsy store, the new additions look really charming!!! Great work! Deb

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  38. It's a shame that some of your family and friends did not understand what a big deal a first exhibition is. People who aren't interested in art don't get that kind of thing, I guess. Don't let them cause you to be disappointed in it. You know all of us PPFers were very proud and happy for you!

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  39. Congrat to the 1st exhibition. Well Done!

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  40. Congratulations on the completion of your exhibition! I am so sorry you were disappointed. That would make me sad too. I think some people just don't understand that those canvases hold little pieces of your heart...by not taking a minute to care, breaks your heart. On the other hand, it's nice to have unexpected surprises with other people too. Your work is fabulous!! Happy PPF!

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  41. Sorry I'm so very late getting by, it's been a crazy time around here!
    But anyway, congrats on your first show, it's a HUGE accomplishment whether all your family and friends were able to come or not!
    And btw, I'm almost done with my addition to Amy's story- I'm a little nervous about it being the first person able Amy, but we'll see how it goes.....

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