The Pen and Paintbrush

This weekend’s show was a mix of new faces, family, and fellow creatives. I have to begin with a “Thank you!” To all those who stopped by the The Art Shoppe in Midtown Global Market this weekend! The waves of people visiting all happened so quickly. There was a flurry of showing new pieces and signing personal messages in my books. I have to say that it felt good to have my signing pen in hand.

There’s something about setting up a show table and letting the tablecloth float down over the top. Old memories returned of stuffing the car with bins, playing Tetris with them, and then carting them through the rows. Learning that you need to weight down your tent on windy days comes later. There’s a reason I prefer indoor shows.

What the people stopping by to admire and asking questions didn’t see was the sleepless nights leading up to a show, the thousand debates about to present your work. There’s always last minute changes, last minute decisions, and narrowing down what you bring because it doesn’t all fit into your car – or you realize that you don’t want to carry it all. Luckily was my husband was patient with me these past few weeks and calmed me down during a few moments of chaos. He kept his calm as re-entered the show circuit again.

A few hours went by in the blink of an eye and my signing pen smiled because it went too long without being used. Maybe the excitement was in being around other people. I spent so much time alone writing and creating my art pieces the past month, that I forgot what it was like to be around groups of other people. The feeling was so strong that I had to message my friends and family when I got home because I tend to go into my studio and shut out the world when I’m getting ready for an event.

After this weekend, I can only hope that doors remain open and crowds continue to be allowed to gather. I might spend some time looking for other events this summer or fall, and I may team up with some other artists and/or writers. You might see us around town sharing a table.

If you have a fear of getting your work out there, then this could be a way to get over your fear.  Who knows you might turn into artist.

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~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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