So glad I whined the other day! I'm glad it's out of my system, although I don't want to diminish the real concerns about the difficulty I'm having getting into higher end shows. Of course, it's easier to say this after what happened the very day after I posted...
Almost a year ago I visited an upscale and trendy-ish gallery in a fairly large city. Impressed by the flood of sales they were having (on a Monday or Tuesday nowhere near a holiday), I asked to speak to the person in charge of purchasing to see if they would be interested in carrying my work. After speaking with her over the next several months I was able to send in a portfolio sampling. I tell ya, the waiting was like pins and needles up and down my legs!!! I waited as long as I felt I possibly could in polite society, called to see what they thought, and then found they hadn't viewed anything yet. (oh gosh. must not have made much of an impression?)
A week after that I got the most beautiful call in the world. I screamed! I laughed! I was near giddy hysterics!! An appointment with both gallery owners along with the instructions to bring either pieces for immediate purchase or samples with order sheets. What a change from the other day (I guess I should crab more often if this is what happens)!
As for getting into the shows, it dawned on me while I was working in my studio - totally out of the blue - that it wasn't my work that was the problem. I never took pics of my booth display last year, so I hastily set up inside my house for a quick photo. Probably the worst choice I've made yet. The light was yellowed, the background not professional enough, and it was slightly out of focus. It didn't seem to be a big deal in the moment, but it's proven fatal for my applications. I'm just glad I finally figured out what was going wrong. I won't make the mistake a second time, so I'll use the time off this year to prepare for all guns blasting in 2009 - watch for me!