Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The forecast for Saturday night called for high winds and lots of rain. My husband Harry, an engineer, has an ingenious way to secure my tent from the inside that includes guy-wires and nails. We removed all the paintings and stored them in the van for the night. So, all was safe and I could sleep soundly without worry.
We arrived at the show Sunday morning to learn that 3 tents had been ruined by wind and rain. These were the "Show-Off" tents which have a reputation for not being very sturdy under adverse conditions. They have a tendency to accumulate water in the roof and then cave in. My tent was in perfect condition, so back came the paintings.
Sunday proved to be beautiful with lots of sun and a light breeze. The folks out that day were there to enjoy the great weather. Families came to stroll, eat festival food and look at art. Not much was sold, but that was ok because of the big sales on Saturday. I , for one, went home very happy.
Out door festivals are not for all artists. It is hard work and you never know what the weather will bring. But for me it is very rewarding...not only in sales but also in the interaction with the public. I like selling my work, one on one, getting to know the person who has selected a painting they love. I have developed friendships over the years with collectors and potential collectors. Always remember, everyone is a potential collector. And everyone is a potential friend!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
And then I had to go one step smaller. The azalea to the left is painted on a 5"x5", canvas wrapped format. I hold it in my hand while I paint all around the edges, which is quite a challenge and very entertaining to those watching.
I was asked how I get the brilliant pink color, so here is my secret:
Combine a touch of Cadmium yellow deep and Cadmium red light, add lots of turpentine to make a wash and brush this over your canvas. When you paint the flowers with Acra Red they really "pop". Let me know how this works for you.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sunday March 22 4-7 PM
115 S. Main Street Downtown Gainesville
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Give yourself a treat and visit the farm this weekend. The azaleas (obviously) and dogwood trees are in bloom, the redbud trees are budding and the oaks are bright green with new leaves.
All the volunteers at the farm will be in period dress "doing chores" and 20 plus artists will be working to capture the scenes.
You can buy paintings right off the easel, in the wet room or at the Reception Sunday afternoon.
A portion of the sales go to Florida's Eden to educate and support the natural beauty of Florida.