I have two very vulnerable stories about not trusting MY intuition, (instead accepting someone else’s!), and listening to my ego…
A very large portion of artists’ DREAM of being in galleries.
I’ve been no exception.
Which has led me to lesson learning.
Three years ago I was contacted by a gallery in England. I HAD THE CHANCE OF BEING AN INTERNATIONAL ARTIST! She was just starting out – which made me a tad bit hesitant – but – AN INTERNATIONAL ARTIST! I didn’t ask enough questions. I wanted to be AN INTERNATIONAL ARTIST! I shipped them…over $10,000 worth of art. Two years later, and only one very highly discounted sale, I contacted her to ask that she ship the remaining paintings back. Long story, but suffice it to say, the paintings are still there, and she refuses to communicate with me.
I DIDN”T TRUST MY INTUITION!
I was introduced to a local gallery by a friend whom I considered a good judge of character. I got a horrid case of the heebie jeebies when I spoke to the owner on the phone. Meeting him, my radar went on high alert. And, instead of heeding all of the warning bells, I left my artwork there, with the promise of payment the moment a painting sold.
The first painting sold early June. I expected a check. I communicated with him two weeks later. The check was promised in two weeks. Two weeks went by. No check. More communication. With the promise of a check on Monday. When I asked if I could come over and pick it up – the conversation went silent.
Every cell in my body told me to get my artwork immediately.
And so I did.
Why didn’t I listen to my intuition?
Why did I rely on my friend’s words rather than the hair on the back of my neck standing on end?
These are my words of wisdom for artists around these two “lessons”.
Decide first whether or not you WANT to be in galleries.
There are many ways for an artist to make a living.
LOTS AND LOTS OF QUESTIONS.
After all, if they are on the up and up, they will be honest and straight forward. They will encourage you to ask other artists about their experience.
Have a contract with YOUR terms.
If they won’t sign it – RUN.
Right now, I have $9900 worth of art in England, that I will never see again, because I didn’t trust my intuition.
Thank God, I listened to my gut and picked up my art before the situation repeated itself.
I’m learning…slowly…but always going forward.
I may stumble and fall, but the important thing, is that I keep trying.
I should have paid attention to MY knowing.
Any time I do things out of fear (I “needed” money), ego (AN INTERNATIONAL ARTIST!), or don’t listen (EXPENSIVE “mistakes”) – things turn out poorly.
Heed those warning bells.
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.