After a year of having my little turtle around, he finally crawled home with a new owner! I sold him during our April show opening at Gallery360 (where I am a gallery member). I was out to dinner with my family when I got a text with a photo of the tag for this piece with the word “SOLD” written on it. The text was from a close friend and honestly my first thought was that she made a pity purchase on my behalf (have I mentioned I struggle with negative thoughts?). But I was so relieved to find out a total stranger purchased my turtle. And I loved it even more that the stranger’s last name was ‘Shock’!
One of the other gallery members was reviewing the sales invoices for the evening and thought it was a bit rude that someone would write the word ‘Shock’ across the top of the invoice for my turtle. She thought the person was pointing out that it was a ‘Shock’ that I’d actually sold something (finally!) I pointed out the visa slip with the person’s name listed…..last name ‘Shock’. We had a good laugh!
The sale came at a great time. It totally renewed my energy to keep pushing forward on this creative path. Some people will appreciate my work (some won’t). This is the first sale I’ve made to a complete stranger. My first sale last year was to a dear woman at my church (was she just being a good christian?). And then earlier this year I made a sale to the daughter of a fellow gallery member – stranger, yes, but still connected to the gallery, even if remotely. I’m finding this sale kind of has me freaked out. I wonder where my turtle has gone? Where is it hanging? Is it hanging? My name is out there now. I am out there now.Yikes. This is kind of scary, but exciting at the same time. A bit of a rush, actually.
I just have one fear….I better not find this turtle at Goodwill someday. O.K. seriously, I need to work on my attitude. I think I’ll go do that!