I told you, I'm having crazy fun with this! Here is #2:
So, yes, I fully intend to do this for each of the artists in my gallery. And keep in mind, that is something that changes regularly, so this could go for a long time. This week, as an example, one artist left, and I added a new one. Why does an artist leave the gallery? Most of the time it's due to the fact that the work just isn't selling...meaning it's just not quite right for my current market. Bear in mind, the market also changes, as the tastes, desires and needs of the market fluctuate. Staying in tune with that requires an ongoing investment in understand my clients and customers. I want and to be able to understand what you are looking for, even when you may not know. Understanding human nature, and what effects us can only come from a heartfelt thirst to experience and share in the community. Careful understanding of who I am, what's in me and what effects me is a core part of that. If I don't know who I am, how can I possible come to know who you are and fully enter into that relationship? It's an ever emerging process and experience.
One thing I came away from the conference (New Beginnings. LIVE! with Rich Schefren) with is the realization that I don't have to wait till I'm perfect to enter in. In fact, I can't, since that won't happen in my life time. Gary Vaynerchuk (www.winelibrary.com guru) said it best. Know who you are, then be there, just as you are, zits and all. (paraphrase, but you get the idea). Thanks, Gary. I never would have tried the video thing if he hadn't gotten that through my extraordinarily thick head. Passion is great, but it's nothing without embracing the whole.
I am still so blown away by that conference and the intense work I've been doing as a result. It's real. Paradigm shifting, life altering. If you haven't figured out what I've been talking about for the last month yet, click here to read about it.
As I close this post, let me extend the invitation again...Please comment. I'm not writing a diatribe. I want to hear from you!