I was going to title this post “licking my wounds.” You see, a few weeks ago I shared that a local business person was interested in selling my artwork and stationery in her newly opened store. I was over-the-moon excited. Excited to be working with someone young and creative; excited to be out in the public eye a little; just plain excited.

Well, yesterday I sent her what I believe was my third e-mail saying that I had all of my products store ready. Mind you, she’s told me very exactly how many pieces she wanted and I’d even done some stuff specifically with her location in mind. In response to my third e-mail, she replies in such a way that makes me think she has no idea who I am or what I’m talking about. If the e-mails weren’t physically sitting in my in-box then I would swear that I’d dreamed the entire thing.
I tried to be upbeat and professional in my response, but it’s hard to find the right words to say, “don’t you remember? You told me you wanted ten canvases?!?” So off another e-mail went, but in my heart I don’t think things are going to work out.

I’m hurt. My ego is bruised. I’d allowed myself to be excited–I told my friends and family, and now I’m going to have to tell them it’s a no-go. I hate that. I feel like a failure which is never any fun.

Today I also got a very interesting offer to work on a project that’s near and dear to my heart. It has to do with special children, and information, and hope.

So I’m wondering if this is a “sign.” A sign to move in new direction, try something different, and maybe, just maybe do some good. I have to tell you, I miss the days where I felt like I was doing good on a regular basis.
Sometimes you get an answer, but it’s not necessarily the one you expected.
Thinking hard on this one tonight.

Here’s Charlie with the ABR machine on his head. It looks crazy, but I also think he looks cute with that goofy turban on his head!

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  1. Hey Katy, Don't feel bad! Maybe things will work out and she was just scatterbrained. I love that pic of Charlie!

  2. How disappointing. I got a little bit of that a couple of weeks ago – someone commissioned me for a painting, sent me the photo, told me what size they wanted and everything, and then I emailed her to ask her whether she wanted oils or acrylics, and she never replied.

  3. Wherever HE Leads We'll Go says:

    That really stinks! You shouldn't feel like a failure. This was not your fault! I am excited that you have a new opportunity on the horizon – makes me think of that "when one door closes" expression.

    Love the picture of Charlie. He is a cutie!

  4. Oh that really sucks…but, everything for a reason and all right? You know that…;)

  5. Nadine Hightower says:

    Maybe you should speak to her face to face.
    That's the way I felt about the Church Bazaar. They made their money on my booth fee and I made squat.

    It's not your fault. You did the right thing. Keep trying.

  6. She sounds a bit scatterbrained…

    I think your stuff is great! Her loss.

  7. Well that stinks. But, you win some, you lose some. Sounds like you have a really interesting and worthwhile project to work on instead, though.

  8. Small Town Girl says:

    Well I, personally, love your art and if I had a store I would be HONORED to carry it!

  9. Well, you know, if I had a store, I would carry your work. When a door closes a window opens and all that jazz…chin up and the next person/encounter will be fabulous!

  10. Gina (Mannyed) says:

    Sorry you are feeling down about it. I would feel exactly the same had that happened to me. Don't let this discourage you. You are very talented and great things are "in store" for you.

  11. Yay for new opportunities! Don't worry, most people are much more well-rounded and trustworthy… You've got so much going for you – and to think that wonderful energy of yours can be used to benefit kiddos like Charlie. Mmm hmmm is what I say. Next chapter!

  12. I'm so sorry it didn't work out. I hate it when people don't follow through. But as you say, it looks like there's a new opportunity opening up to you, so this could proved to be a good thing

  13. Well, to look on the bright side, at least you didn't take her all your work and then she "forgot" who you were. She doesn't sound like a very good business person, and I've heard horror stories of artists losing work in galleries that go out of business or the shop moves, etc.

    Go with your heart, do the project you love (not just because of money) and it will turn out good!