Flashback to this past Saturday, June 21st
I'm currently having my bachelorette party with some of my absolute favorite ladies. After a day at the beach and what some might call an above average consumption of tasty beverages and delicious snacks, we're all cuddly on couches and air mattresses and about to watch Love Actually. My friends have started to fall asleep, when I check my email. I shout at all of them "OH MY GOD".
Flashback to the day before that, Friday, June 20th
I've just done a redesign of my website, hoping a bright shade of pink and a new font choice will result in a 300% increase in sales. While uploading new images to my Sale section, I take a look around my studio for more work to show and my eyes fall for the millionth time upon the painting that has survived three moves, and has been in progress for over a year. This painting is called The Niffin, and I've gone back into this piece soooooooo many times I've lost count. (It is also the painting I mentioned in this blog, the painting that was inspired by the book I talk about in this blog, and that inspired this category).
Now I've said before that I don't feel a painting is complete until I've stared at it for weeks and it stops talking to me, or rather, yelling at me for having stupid ideas like using too much blue or making a face look too much like someone specific. Imagine the insults The Niffin been giving me for OVER a year... But on Friday when I looked at it again, I decided it was time to let other eyes see it, and hear their opinions. So I put it up for sale, and then I took a chance....
So I've said that this painting was inspired by a book, a book called The Magicians, and if you read the description for The Niffin, you'll see more details about how it inspired me. But I wanted the author of the book, Lev Grossman, to somehow know this too. It felt like this painting wasn't completely mine, because I was so influenced by his words - without which, this painting would never have existed. So I took a shot in the dark, went to his website and sent him an email. I told him how much his writing meant to me and that I would love for him to see the painting that was so heavily inspired by his words.
I remember telling Ben when he got home from work that I emailed Lev Grossman. I said how it was silly because I doubted he would even see the email, him being so cool and famous. I mean, this guy is a New York Times Bestselling author, he's a big deal.
Fastforward back to "OH MY GOD" moment on Saturday night, June 21st.
Turns out it wasn't so silly after all - I had received an reply from Lev Grossman. He tells me the painting is beautiful. (!!!!!!!!!!) Then he posts the link to my painting on his Twitter account. Resulting in my website traffic turning into this:
My website stats from the past YEAR up to yesterday- See that huge spike? Yep, that's thanks to him.
It was then that I realized two things:
1) I will read every book Lev Grossman has written
2) I have no idea how to use Twitter
So I reactivated my Twitter account - @mandyfitzart (that had a whopping 3 followers) and I learned what it means to retweet something. I'm pretty sure I did it multiple times by accident (whoops), and I pre-ordered Lev Grossman's newest and 3rd novel in the Magicians trilogy, called "The Magician's Land".
So there you have it. Sometimes you can let a painting boss you around for over a year and it's totally worth it; especially when one of your favorite authors thinks it was worth it too.
Seriously, how cool is that?
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