Listen with your Ears

Well, that’s what my Mum always says in her somewhat confused, broken English, Italian accented, slightly lilted, way. And so I did.

At my last Mt Maria Community Market (back in May…wow) I launched the prints of my delicious 20by20 series in floating frames. I was mightily proud that I’d ordered the frames, the board, the prints — like a REAL grown-up — and made it to market on time!

But I knew something wasn’t quite right.

Instead of sitting with that discomfort, I forged ahead and offered those babies up to the general public.

Everyone had positive things to say, picked them up, put them down, picked them up again, PUT THEM DOWN, and walked away.

It wasn’t until one woman quite matter-of-factly remarked that she either had really bad eyesight, or was the print very small and unclear that she couldn’t make out what the quote was?


I’d been so focused on the “getting to market” phase, that I forgot about the “checking it was legible” step. Felt like a right git. That lovely lady forced me to do some Proper Listening so the words connected with my brain and sent off some firing pins in the right direction (at least, that’s how I imagine my brain works).

With the market looming (this Saturday) I masterfully juggled supply teaching, the Festival of Birthdays (all 3 males over a 7wk period, plus our Anniversay) and various other Domestically Awesome events (kidding!!), to RE-PRINT and RE-LAUNCH these babies.

AFTER up-close
AFTER up-close
L-before; R-after
L-before; R-after

With many thanks to my Printer-Man (who is so very patient with me) and my friend Stuart who gave me a crash-course in Photoshop to make the quote the focus.

Hope to see some more of my online friends/stalkers/interested folk this Saturday.

Winter Market
Winter Market

And I’m sure I’ll see my regular, flesh-n-blood friends there as well.
It’s going to be a great day!

p.s. remember, to listen with your ears today…beautiful things will happen xx

Published by Giovanna Scott

Artist, Educator, Joy Seeker, and Lover of Good Coffee. I began this blog in December 2006 to document the ebb and flow of our life. It has now become a steady record of my artistic journey and a home for my collections.

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