I’ve noticed that now we live in an area that experiences the four seasons we’ve become cyclical … during the winter our activity slows down, we tend to watch more shows and read more books, and we both tend to pack on a pound or two. But once spring starts showing up we dust off our running shoes and start living outdoors more, that pound or two drops off, and we glory in the nature that is all around us.
I think the seasons affect my artistry as well (effect? I have trouble with that one). I’ve had visions flash through my head but it’s cold, the weather is dismal, I don’t want to draw. I made journals instead, journals that you can hunker down with beside the fire and a steaming cup of coffee. But even that is changing: I bought bright spring-y fabrics this week and introduced a new line of colorful journals into the shop.
So today I’m going to bask in the sunshine and delight in the flowers making their shy appearance and let the inspiration flow.
I have been organizing, redesigning, crafting-but not really drawing. Not a lot, a doodle here and there. So yesterday I finally sat down and 1. penned a calligraphy piece and 2. drew New Mexico, the state we currently live in (and hopefully will stay-we’ve moved 14 times in 10 years of marriage).
I’m proud of this drawing, because I normally use an outline but that didn’t work so I decided to freehand it. A few wiggles here and there but as it’s a “fine art doodle” I don’t think that really matters.
I also inked it in using the handy pantone colors in photoshop (I decided using base red, yellow, and orange would be safest). I don’t really like orange and red together so I had to ask for outside opinions-apparently it’s an awesome color combination (and that’s why I don’t always quit when I end up with colors I don’t like-somebody is bound to think it’s perfect).
You can buy that print here-it’s up as a digital download. If you’d prefer to create your own vision of New Mexico with the coloring page you can buy that here.
After Saturday, I was mentally exhausted. Sunday the physical exhaustion set in, and Monday I don’t know what happened. Catch-up, I think, on everything I had let slide the week before. Tuesday we drove my mom to the airport (an all-day affair due to the distance), Wednesday was “oh crap we don’t have everything for school!!!!!”, and Thursday I sent my eldest two off to public school for the very first time. And that brings us to today, and I am wearily getting back into the swing of things.
So! Art Fair! It went well. I had reached half of my “dream goal” (10% of what I had brought, which was the common figure I had seen when researching art fairs) when the skies opened and the rain poured down. We stuck it out for a couple more hours, but I had no sales after that downpour. I have some ideas to try for next time, and now I know that I do -not- like using etsy’s card reader for art fairs (I had a bunch of discounts going- the more you bought, the less you paid- and I did not make listings for those ahead of time). We did many things right, however, so I’m hopeful that the next one will flow even better.
I was surprised that none of my originals sold-people kept stopping to look at the ones on the right. I didn’t sell any journals and fewer bookmarks than I had thought, but I had them arranged in such a way that people might not have been able to tell what they were. I sold mostly prints, greeting cards, postcards, and note card sets, so if I’m in the local fall fairs I’ll probably concentrate on those.
So now that that’s over, we’re concentrating on our upcoming move to a much bigger house and the round of fall fairs and exhibitions that our town puts on. I applied for the big one, but it has less space, so the booths are rather limited. I’ll also be applying for our art center’s “Affordable Art” display, which is where (last year!) I sold my first original. Fond memories.
So art on, my friends, even when you have a case of the blahs like I have. It’s still here, although I did push through and draw this last night: