I was two hours late for an appointment with a friend to fuse glass. I literally did not wake up until noon! I must be coming down with something. Anyway, Maria is so gracious - she didn't even make be feel bad. She was just glad to see me. We chatted all afternoon with her friend Sol, then we went out to lunch and talked over some life matters that it seems I am only able to talk about with Maria. She doesn't judge, she just listens and then points out what I don't see. She is one of the most in tune, down to earth, spiritual, loving persons I know and it is always a joy to be with her.
One of her suggestions for me was to be more assertive. She said that it would be good for me to be one of the sellers at a local fine art shows. I told her that it was $80 for the entry and that is alot of money. She said that I should consider it an investment. Then we paid for our lunch and set off. On our way back to the car, we passed by Bliss Beads, a brand new bead shop in town. We walked in just to take a peek at all the glass beads. I worked up my courage, went up to the counter and said, "I notice that you have artwork on your walls and I was wondering if you might consider hanging my artwork." I handed her one of my moo.com cards and told her she could review my work online through my portfolio set on Flickr. She looked surprised at first and then asked if I would like to have a solo show! I said YES! That would be wonderful. When I got home I emailed her to thank her for speaking with me and said that I would see her on the 21st because a co-worker of my brother's will be having a jewelry show martini reception there (and who doesn't love a MARTINI show!).
Anyway, Maria's advice to be more assertive paid off. Maria is just cool like that. Thanks, Maria you're the best!