Exposing myself for my art (it's ok, it's G-rated)

 Musings #11 - 16"x20" - cotton, dye, thread, acrylic paint

Musings #11 - 16"x20" - cotton, dye, thread, acrylic paint

By nature, I am quite a private person, choosing to quietly go about my life...but part of the work to embrace the artist aspect of my identity naturally involves finding opportunities for my work to be on display. After the initial jitters about how my work would be received, I began to purposefully share my work via social media as a way to be seen in the world. After seeing my posts, people began to ‘follow’ me and I got a bit freaked out by it! My sons, being of the social media generation, were rather amused by this, assuring me that being followed was really a good thing.  Fast forward a couple of years, and it’s now much easier to post frequently and I’m delighted when people follow me! 

Last month I took an even bigger leap, arranging for a professional photographer to do a photo shoot of some of the processes involved in my art practice. The photographer, Michele Mateus, was delightful, made me feel very much at ease, and took a ton of gorgeous shots.  Sharing some of these photos online, in particular, the ones with me in them, has been very challenging for me these past few weeks.  It’s definitely much easier to post photos of only my artwork! Hopefully with time, this new level of exposure will become as comfortable as sharing my art.