It is challenging these days... monitoring the blog, dealing with the business and personal-protection end of what has happened, and fulfilling my commitment to teaching a little mini semester class that I have never taught before. Sleep is not a common occurrence these days.
I am being personally challenged in the "artists need thick skin" philosophy I have preached to my students for the past ten years. Most of the attacks roll off my back, except for the "selling out", and "publicity seeking" comments. For 20 years, I have made what I wanted to make in the studio with NO regard for sales. For virtually all of my professional life (until last year), I specifically avoided working with commercial galleries, choosing instead to show in academic venues, non-profits and small museums. I was a university professor specifically so that I could maintain the purity of my work, with no worry about the need to "make things that sell", so these comments are especially hard to let go of.