Six Months Of Festivals: Reflection

It’s been six months.So much has changed that I can hardly believe it, but I’m finding the courage to put my art out there more and more often. I’m watching my art evolve and change even as I grow more confident in myself and my path.

Photo of art print beside the collected works of Edgar Allan Poe
One of my first prints of a piece completed for Inktober 2017 (and still an acquired taste): Madeline Usher from Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Fall Of The House Of Usher”

Since my first festival in May of this year, the McDonough Geranium Festival, I’ve felt the floodgates of my creativity open. This time last year, I was still teaching, struggling to get through Inktober while balancing the demands of my job. Now, I’ve quit teaching. I’m a full time artist. Inktober is just motivation to keep me creating based on a prompt instead of the only art moment of the day. It’s deliciously freeing and terrifying, but I’m seeing my style improve even as more people come forward to praise my work and my decision to do this full time. It’s a roller coaster, but I’m happily strapped in for the ride.

Photo of Indoraptor illustration.
Lastest completed illustration: the Indoraptor from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I didn’t know what I was doing in May. Despite watching a ton of YouTube videos and reading endless tutorials and essays, I was unprepared for some of the basic challenges. I wasn’t ready for the heat, the hard work, the socializing. Now I’ve grown stronger, more confident. I see people returning to my booth. Others ask if I’ll be there next year.

All roads led me to this moment, and I’m staying here. Expect lots of new material in the next few months. I have decades of creativity backed up, and now it has an outlet.

2 thoughts on “Six Months Of Festivals: Reflection

  1. It’s fantastic watching you evolve as an artist. You started out very unsure of yourself and unsure if anyone would want to support your artwork. Now you have commissions you’re working on, your booth is consistently one of the few doing well at some of these festivals, and you’re growing so much. I’m excited to see your improvement around this time next year!

    1. Awww thank you! 💜💜💜 I’m always going to be shit at taking compliments, and I never know what to say back, so I appreciate it so much when it happens ✨

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