Everyone one of my friends “likes” my art…or so they say. I get comments like “you should do children’s books” or “you should be a famous artist” (ha!) or (my personal favorite) “I know a lot of people who would love to buy your art, I’ll tell them all about you“. These compliments are a nice ego boost after a bad day, but they are usually empty praises – nothing more.
My mantra: Friends may like your work, but not many like it enough to talk it up when you aren’t around.
(I know that I’m starting off a bit negative here, but I assure you this is a very positive post. Just bear with me a moment more. )
On Friday, a friend and I were discussing my work when the subject of my “Eskimo Christmas” cards from last year came up. “Those cards are awesome” she said, “you should seriously consider submitting the idea to some big card companies this year.” I was the “Negative Nancy” of the conversation and explained how hard it is to get noticed, and how I think it’s too late to submit anything for this season, etc. etc. excuses, excuses, blah – blah – blah……
While I was droning on and on, my friend was busy surfing the web for some ideas. “I just emailed Hallmark about you” she said. What?! – I was so surprised!! Then she read the note to me out loud – those few sweet sentences really made my day! I was shocked that after our conversation she would actually take a moment to research some answers for me (I felt a little sheepish too – research is my job right?). I’m speaking of course of my friend and co-worker, Rose Brabant. She has been a supporter of my work since day one. I was so truly and deeply touched by her simple gesture that I changed in my attitude in a big way.
Hallmark replied right away. Apparently they don’t usually take submissions and prefer to do most of their work in-house. Oh well – I still feel great that I have some amazing people in my corner…even if I do sometimes forget it.
Thanks to Rose, and to all my friends and family for supporting my work! I promise to never take you for granted again!
Rose paints bright whimsical expressionist paintings that have a sense of movement and spirituality! Today is her birthday, Happy Birthday, Rose! (shown right)