What counts as success?

Well, the shows are finally over.

I don’t know what counts as sucess at one of these types of shows.

If it’s strictly the financial aspect then it didn’t go as well as hoped.

I did get lots of feedback however. Everyone that stopped to look seemed to like my style.

I got alot of “wows” and “cools” and “nices” and “funkys” etc just not alot of people wanting to spend money on it.

It would seem re-usable rags are more purchasable.

I did however get a few business contacts, sold a few smaller things and picked up a commission.

I also had several people interested in my work who took my card or flier so it was by no means a complete loss.

Just one more small step towards my goal and besides, this was my first show and dangit lol I stood bravely beside my creations and presented them to the visible public for the first time which in itself is a success and proof I’ve stepped outside my shell.

So yes, I was disappointed I didn’t sell more but I’m not through yet, oh no, I am going to be a successful semi-well known artist someday and this is just the foundation work.

So here they are. The monumental pictures 🙂

Saturday at the Dow Center

Show #1 Perky and Optimistic 🙂

I had one 6 foot table to work with and arrange my Art work around

and there was probably around 60 vendors.

Needless to say it was a bit cramped.

Oh and I was like the second table when you walked into the room so lots of people got to see me coming and going so that was good.




Sunday was a much smaller show at the Legion building

Show #2 Tired and Tired lol

with probably around 20 vendors but there was tons of space.

Again I ended up being out in the lobby so I was the first booth people saw coming and going.tired-me





I also did up a new piece as a sample for the show examplifying my hand print art.


So all in all things went well, I just didn’t make much money.

I also had proof this weekend adding to my theory that I don’t look like or exude an artist persona.

What might that be you ask?

Well even with “Amanda Milke” writen on my sign and business cards several people just assumed Jonathan (my husband) was the artist. lol oh well. I guess I just look too boring comparitively to my work or something.

I also had an interesting experience. I had one little old lady look at my art, specifically my “Unexplained” color abstract painting and say it was “stupid” and “not real painting” to which I naturally shrugged it off thinking “meh, little old lady, what do you expect.”

I then later had two little old ladies come look over all my paintings thoroughly, chatting amongst themselves and stop at the “Unexplained” piece and commented for like 5 full minutes saying how beautiful it was and how they really liked that piece.

Just found that juxtoposition rather fascinating.

Well I guess there isn’t much more to say except I’ve added a “Gift Shop” page to my site for those of you who might be interested in seeing some of the other things I paint asides from paintings.

Cheers and Goodnight,


5 thoughts on “What counts as success?

  1. Congratulations on an excellent presentation! It was a job very well done! You’ll have success yet, that was a beginning! Love ya


  2. Well it sounds like you had a a busy couple of days!! I’m glad to hear that even though you didn’t sell much you did get lots of contacts and ppl giving you constructive criticism!! Better then nothing!! 🙂
    Your display looked amazing!!! Very bold looking!! Love the set up!
    I really wish I could of been there 😦 but I’m glad you got my flowers!! hehe
    You looked very pretty too I must say, and it definitly makes me laugh that some ppl thought Jon was the Artist…hehehe even though there were huge signs saying AMANDA MILKE. too funny
    well congrats on your first showing!!
    Love you tons!


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