East Austin Studio Tour 2015

So, the East Austin Studio Tour was the last two weekends.... November 14-15 & 21-22, 2015. And, I survived. I realize that is a silly word to use given the world we live in but I think you know what I mean. I was nervous and worried about the inevitable rejection of passersby dismissing or ignoring my work. I'd never displayed art and then stood next to it and had to answer for it. Not since college anyway.

As a graphic designer I can present logos and websites and defend the choices all day long, but this was different. I got closer to the work having to explain it. I realized that I loved it. Loved making it, loved talking about it.

The feedback I received was both flattering and instructive. I now know I can defend my decisions and explain my artistic choices. I sold work. Work I'd created a while back. Work that was really meaningful to me. That's mind blowing. Something that I grinded over in the middle of the night is going to be hanging in someone's home. They know the story behind it, how I created it... they felt compelled enough to want to own it. That's the real deal. That connection is a wonderful feeling.

What's next? The future is going to be a challenge. A good challenge. I need to honor the faith these folks showed in supporting my work by moving it all forward. Evolving it in a way that makes sense. 

I'm inspired and grateful.


Dave McClinton
Dave McClinton