Original New Orleans Art by Debbie Ainsworth

I Got an Honorable Mention

Recently I joined the Slidell Art League and submitted four of my paintings for their Art & Bloom Show. I am thrilled to say that I got an Honorable Mention for “Green Eyes.” All four will be on display at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Cancer Center until May 16th. I have to say that I miss them. My walls are so vacant without them. Here are  some pictures from the show. I am thrilled to have had one of my pieces chosen for an award. It’s been years since I’ve had work displayed in public, and I’ve never won any kind of award before.

I’m still flabbergasted by the thought that people like my work. I never expected to sell one painting much less four. And the really pathetic part is that I’m so used to failing that I can’t really enjoy my successes. I keep waiting for it all to come to an end and I don’t want to get my hopes up. But when I look back at the facts … I only started painting again in October, I’ve sold four out of my last five paintings, and I won an honorable mention in the first show I’ve submitted work to … I believe this does qualify as success.

My chief worry is that I’ve managed to sell a few paintings in a very limited niche. Namely, my Facebook friends, which consists of 77 people. Now, I have to try and compete in a larger venue, and I don’t know how to get my work in front of the people most likely to buy it.

Green Eyes and Blue Eyes
NOLA Night
Quarter Nocturne