Yes, my butterflies went away as soon as the event started, but they returned with a vengeance when I had to stand up and speak to the group that was there. Let's just say that I am NOT a public speaker. I'd rather be snake handling, blindfolded while walking on hot coals in India, than be standing up in front of a crowd. My heart was beating so hard that I swear my necklace was jumping. Oh well. Hopefully something coherent issued from my mouth because somehow I got through it. After that traumatic event, the rest of the evening was lovely!
There were a couple of paintings that drew a lot of attention. "Follow" was one. People seemed to stand in front of it and study it for long periods of time. The "Asian Orchids" painting seemed to garner a lot of attention as well and the portraits probably drew the most comments. It was funny because a woman walked up to me and said, "I am going to HAVE to tell my friend about your painting of the little blonde girl with the curls! It looks exactly like her daughter!" and I said, "It wouldn't happen to be Kate Perry, would it?" and.....it was! I did a little internal happy jig because I was thrilled that I had captured Kate's daughter well enough that someone else had recognized her portrait! :) I know......I'm easily amused.
There were a lot of artists there that night and I am excited about getting to know other artists in the area and getting more plugged in to the local events.
I would like to thank Dorothy Demboski, Janie Prete and the other people involved with making the Clayton Visual Arts Exhibition a success in bringing art to the Clayton area!