So last weekend I took another step by displaying/selling art at our family's winery, Brutocao Cellars in Hopland. Facebook offers a certain level of anonymity; people generally post positive comments or hit the "like" button, and I am protected from anything negative. Besides, they're all friends. In person, is another story. In a group show the chances of hearing comments on one of my own pieces is substantially lessened. This past weekend,however, it was all mine. Any art comment overheard was about me. Ouch. It helped tremendously that I had family and friends in the midst and Jonah, my salesman son by my side. It helped that people were kind and generous. But the occasional comment did reach my ears that should cause me to cringe and shirk back from this endeavor. This is where I met God this weekend- that edge of fear and trust. After only two sales on Saturday, I wasn't looking forward to Sunday, setting it all up again... etc. But God helped me to trust. I sold a lot, which was nice. I had dear friends go out of their way to visit me, which warmed my heart and strengthened me. God opened an opportunity to discuss at length my faith through one of the pieces. He gave me much needed time with my brothers and sister-in-laws. He was at work. It was clear.
On January 20, 2013, I will have my own solo gallery show opening at The Journey Center in Santa Rosa... another step.
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5