Today is a big day for me. Today is the day I finally pulled my finger out and became an exhibiting member of my local art gallery.
What this means is not that I have anything up on show there, but that if I want to have something up on show there one day, I can.
It also entitles me to a 10% discount at my local art shop - a bonus because I have become their best customer lately. (cough, shuffle.)
Why is this a big deal?
Well it means I am stepping out of my bubble of self-protection, and going public as a Creative, a practising Artist, on my home turf.
The internet is amazingly good at making things public . . . sometimes things you don't really want or need to see or even imagine in your wildest dreams actually exist.
I saw a great example of this the other day on Facebook - a video shot by someone sitting on a beach when a big (4m) shark swims very close to shore while experiencing distress. (It later died from having a sea lion stuck in it's throat. Who'd have thought?) The video itself was fine, but at the very last second a voice comes through saying,"The things you see when you don't have a gun."
What the FARK is that about?!
I wish I hadn't heard it - pisses me off every time I think about it.
The web isn't just good for showing us things we'd rather not see. If not for the web, you wouldn't be reading this and sharing, in some little way, my adventure down the path of creativity as a practicing artist.
For the record, I love that people can share the journey. One of the best things about being a person is being able to converse with other people. Sharing a visual journey with others as an artist is extremely rewarding.
Coming out locally, though, is something I've avoided. Until now.
Now, I can't wait for a chance to be part of an exhibition, come what may.