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OctagonBooth2014

Bring On The Sales!

Here I am all smiles for so early in the morning. I couldn’t have asked for much more outta my last art fair of the season. The weather was stellar, sales were small but brisk and I got away without being hit by a truck.

I am always happy when the season is over and also sad. I really do enjoy doing art fairs (as long as you don’t ask me how much in the wee hours of a frosty morning or when I’m packing up in a heavy downpour.) I like meeting people, hearing their critter stories and well … making money. I usually come away feeling very motivated to create which is huge.

So thank you to all who purchased from me this past season. Not only does it help me keep myself and my critters fed, the lights on at home and the gallery but it also motivates me to continue to do what I love to do, make more critter art.

BTW

In case you’re wondering yes, I am wearing a fanny pack. I realize they are oh so trendy but I like to keep my cash on my body. I can make change easily and never have to worry about my cash box when taking a bathroom break.

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Riverssance2014

The season is already about over for me (I’m not planning on doing any holiday events this year) and I didn’t really even mention them on the blog as I did them this year. This is in part because there has a bit of chaos keeping me rather preoccupied and partly because I’ve pretty much done all the same events I usually do and so there just wasn’t much to talk about about..

It’s All A Crapshoot

The above photo was from Riverssance held in the Quad-cities of Iowa and was where I was last weekend. As you can see by the photo there were just no people. This normally booming event usually boasts great crowds which like to buy. This year was slow. (mind numbingly soul sucking slow) I did half of my usual. Sadly, this meant I was one of the high earners among the artists I talked to. There were 101 talented artists, live music, wine tasting and fun foods. I don’t know why it was so poor this year. It threatened rain but for a small sprinkling Saturday morning, didn’t.

At any rate, events this year for the most part were better than expected, so on the whole I’d say things are looking up for the economy. Many of the events I did, I sold original work as well as prints which is certainly not the case most years. So I am rather optimistic about the art business.

The Last Hurrah.

This weekend I’ll be in Ames, Iowa doing the Octagon event. I wasn’t there last year as it conflicted with Riverssance. So hopefully that means good things sale-wise this year. Wish me luck and if you happen to be in the area come say “Hello” I am booth 109 which is somewhere in the center (sort of.)

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ChrisCakes So recently the transmission went out on my art fair gallery van “again.” As in I just got it replaced … oh … about 9000 miles ago. And yes, it was out of warranty … just barely.

While the cost of the tranny alone is depressing the fact that it happened literally on the eve of me doing 4 events in 5 weeks was enough to put me in a tizzy. Loss of art fair income at a time when I need to pay for work on my gallery roof was not an option.

Note The Similarities Between My Gallery Building And The Truck. After calling half a dozen car rental places to no avail I tried someone with whom I’ve had business relations for, well … as long as I’ve been in business. Chris Cakes is no longer housed in my gallery building in Rolfe and even though I’ve owned the building for many many years, I just never quite got around to taking down the sign.

He was a doll and generously let me use the truck not once but twice keeping it set aside for me. I can’t express how much this meant to me. At any rate while cruisin’ this bad boy I learned two things about people.

  1. People love cake! And when I explained that Chris Cakes is actually “pancakes” well …
  2. People love pancakes! Pretty much the same reaction. Folks were following me around like the pied piper.

So thank you Gregg. You were truly a life saver. A big hug to you for being there when no one else was able to. You really saved my booty.

To learn more about some of the best damn pancakes anywhere visit the Chris Cakes website.

In Case You’re Wondering While I did get a discount on the new transmission it was minor and now it takes all my willpower not to mutter “Those bastards!” every time I think about it.

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Longhorns

And it’s about time huh?

It took me awhile but I finally got a few more of my recent paintings added to the website. It is available in 3 sizes though I am pondering removing the middle size. It seems most people like either close to original sized or the much smaller version.

I am also offering it in canvas which can either be stretched traditionally for framing or down  in the deeper box wrap or gallery wrap style for that clean, sleek contemporary look. I am loving these panoramics in the gallery wrap and have done both my “Birds Of A Feather” as well as “Spotted.”

Check out the WFG website for more information.

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