art, Florida

My art is on display!

Last week, I hung my art up in Kaleisia Tea Lounge in Tampa, where it will stay for two months.  If you live in the area, please check it out. If you like it, consider buying some. I priced it super low because I’m hoping to sell it all. I’m hoping that was wise and doesn’t instead give people the feeling that it’s low value. I’m new to all of this.

jay vera summer art

Kaleisia has delicious food. I’ve been mostly vegan for over year, and Kaleisia is one of my favorite local spots for vegan meals (they have non-vegan food, too). I almost always get “Vegan set B,” which contains all of the items on the tray pictured below as well as a tea. It’s too much to eat in one sitting, so I either take the veggie straws home or just sit in Kaleisia doing work and spread my meal out over a few hours.

kaleisia food

I’m trying to practice enjoying my accomplishments more, so I plan on visiting Kaleisia often while my art is up, looking at my own art on the wall and feeling warm feelings about it each time. It’s so easy to rush past accomplishments and focus instead on what’s next, what else I want that I don’t have, what other benchmarks I’m trying to reach.

A year ago, the idea of my art hanging in a local restaurant was nearly unthinkable. I didn’t even feel comfortable calling myself an artist and although I consistently shared my art on instagram, I was forcing myself to do so and felt a pang of fear and self-consciousness each time.

Even now, I can feel the striving part of my mind wanting to dismiss my art in a restaurant as unimportant. That part of me wants to say a restaurant isn’t enough for me to feel good about–I need to make money, or publish a book of art, or have my art hang in a gallery, instead.

While all of those are lovely aspirations that I hope are realized one day, I’m telling that part of my mind–the part that says whatever I have now isn’t enough–to kindly fuck off. My art is in a local restaurant and that is not only enough, that is damn exciting. That art is meaningful to me and didn’t come out easy, and now it’s hanging in a place that I love.

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