My summer shows have been down like most as a matter of fact five 0 shows. I have talked to many artist and hear there stories. Some had to refinance there home just to be able to afford to apply to the shows. So many just not doing well. All looking for reasons for what is happening out there.
I too have wondered and have felt something is going on out there like a big deep dark secret, and no one is telling what the secret is. I am not really getting good vibes as to what this secret is. It seems somewhat troubling.
On the other hand I have been blessed again and again. I am so grateful to my Lord for hearing my prayers and blessing my work and continuing to provide me with a good income, as I am self supporting now after my husbands stroke five years ago.
So the last show of the season for me in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I had applied to this show for at least 5 years and again was put on the wait list. I finally called and explained to the show director how long I have applied for this show and asked for what reason I continue to be put on the waiting list. The usual answer, the jurying etc. Well two weeks later I was called to be apart of the August show.
The folks there put on a great show really try to accommodate the artists with a breakfast in the morning booth sitters etc. Everyone who had done the show before me said the attendance was down. Although it was a good crowd. The response was as always so complementary, " gosh I wish I had a dollar for the comments" how your work is so beautiful". But as we all know that does not pay the bills. For the most part everyone around me had a decent show. I was very pleased and had a customer come by mid afternoon and purchased a 34X40 original. Then later in the day another couple came by and asked me to there home for a possible commission. Again giving praise to Almighty God for His goodness, I was blessed with a Triptec measuring 120x38. I just go away feeling so humbled and blessed. All I can say to you out there have faith in Almighty God and he will bless you and your career if you completely Trust Him