Zoom!

Zoom! A zebra on roller skates.

The above image is for Illustration Friday, a blog offering a new topic each week for illustrators to run with. This week, the topic is Zoom!

With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, I have so much to be grateful for. As I mentioned here, my mom had her annual jewelry show this past weekend. I framed some of my prints to see if they would sell. She had a fantastic turnout- and I sold over half of my prints. I also handed out my card to several people interested in purchasing something at a later date.

For me, putting your artwork out into the world still feels a little like finding yourself unexpectedly naked onstage. Lacking exhibitionist tendencies, I find it incredibly uncomfortable. Over and over, I have to remind myself to stay with the discomfort- because my instinct is to flee. I have employed a handful of self-numbing techniques in the past, including but not limited to binge eating, binge drinking, binge excercising (do you notice a pattern here). The problem with running from my discomfort, my pain, is that I also miss out on my joy. I miss out on life.

I have so much to be grateful for. For right now, I am thankful that I made it through my first sale/show relatively unscathed (self inflicted wounds excepted), and I sold some work!

What are you grateful for?

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