Monday, September 12, 2011

Back Home and Back to Work


A  fast  post  here  about  my  show--kind  of  a  disappointment.   First  of  all,  the  weather  was  not  cooperating  AT  ALL--especially  on Saturday,  which  is  always  the day  for  the  serious  shoppers  to  come.  But  since  this  is  a 3  weekend  show,  I  think  that  people  decided  to  wait  until  next  week.   This  is  the  one  bad  down  thing  about  doing  outdoor  shows---the  weather  pretty  much  dictates  how  the  show  will  be  going--and  it  was  just  a  gloomy  rainy  day on  Saturday--oh  well,  just  comes  with  the  territory.  I  still had  fun  though  and  yesterday  was  a  pleasant  day  and  a  normal  Sunday  show--mostly  browsers.

When  I  applied  to  this  show,  they  told  the  artists  that  they  wanted  us  to  make  a  piece  especially  designed  for  the  festival.   Since  this  is  a  festival   that  celebrates  the  colonial  era, I  decided  to  do  a  piece  on  this  basis.   I  had  this  shadowbox  that  I  had  found  at  a  garage  sale  a  few  years  ago--it  was  the  kind  that  had  small  compartments  in  it.  This  one  had  24.   So  all  summer  I've  been  working  on  it.   My  goal  was  to  fill  it  with  all vintage  items  that  represented  this  era.    The  first  thing  I  did  was  collage  the  sides  with  ledger  papers  that  I  had  from  the  1800's

I  antiqued  it  and  added  some  lace  over  that.  

 And  then  I  started  filling  up  the  compartments  with  items  that  could  have  been  used  in  these  times--not  exactly  the  1700's--probably  more  like  the  late 1800's.







With  the  exception  of  just  a  few  items,  everything  I  found  here  were  from  garage  sales,  Etsy,  antique shows,  and  flea  markets.   This  is  my  favorite  part--they  all  have  a  past  history  to  them,  and  they  all  have  their  own  story.   I  always  wonder  what  article  of  clothing  did   the  buttons  belong  to,  or  who  wore  the  eyeglasses,  what  door  did  the  keys  open  up--you  get  the  picture.   I'm    so  glad  the  owners  saved  all  of  these  items.  And  I  just  wish  I  could  tell  them--Thank  You  for  letting  me  preserve  them  in  a  piece  of  art!



This  was  really  fun  to  do  all  Summer--half  the  fun  was  the  hunt  for   just  the  right  pieces  to  add  to  it.

So  now  back  to  work--even  though  sales  weren't  the  greatest,  I  still  have  a  lot  of  weekends  coming  up.......

33 comments:

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Diane, that piece is gorgeous and amazing! I don't know how you do it! Sorry the weather wasn't nice but hopefully next weekend will make up for it!! Have a great week!

Dezinaworld said...

Diane, this is so so beautiful. fabulous details and vintagyness (lol not a word but sure you know what i mean ) Hope that the show improves and i just know that you will get lots of sales soon
have a wonderful day my lovely friend
hugs June xxxx

Buffy said...

That piece is so Gorgeous!! I love all the lace. That stinks about the weather but hopefully next weekend will be better. At least you don't have to rush around making stuff to try to fill up the space,all though that would have been good too.
Wishing you a better weekend!

roc said...

it is disappointing when shows don't go the way we envision them. hopefully you will have better art show days ahead. love your shadow box!

Cathy Bueti said...

Diane, what a beautiful piece. Must have been so much work. sorry to hear the weather was not cooperating but hopefully the sun will shine on your next show! xo

NatashaMay said...

Sorry to hear the wheather wasn't cooperating. I bet it will be better next weekend. Keeping my fingers cross for you. :) You did an excelent piece for the show. So, why did they ask you to do it? Will there be an auction or something?

Debbie said...

This is awesome Diane! you really put a lot of time and thought into each piece and it really shows. I hope the rest of the show goes well for you!

Janet Ghio said...

Love this box with all the treasures in it! Hope you will have better weather next weekend!! Survivor starts soon!!

Cameron said...

I'm sorry to hear about the weather....gosh, that would be the only thing to stop people from scooping up your work!

That project piece is amazing! What a labor of love. So detailed and special :)
Here's to more business than you can handle next weekend!

Emelie said...

You were on my mind, O dod think of the weather. I always like a dreary day for art fairs, not rain just dreary, one stays more comfortable.

Your memory box is so thought out and the best collection of things. like a museum on someone's wall.

Fairs a great fun even as a vender, but it does make one tired.
Have a week of good production

Tammy Olson said...

Wow, what a collection. What a great box to show everything off. It looks like a lot of work went into that piece. Hopefully the next weekend will be better.

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Diane, this looks just beautiful. Did they judge it or give out honors for participating? I think the subject would be kinda hard for me, but you've captured it beautifully and all the pieces work so well together.

Good luck on the rest of your weekends. You're not making me want to attend anymore shows... haha but I know too, par for the course. Plus, it's the best way to get so many people to see your work in person which of course is always best. Great post sweetie.

Tammy said...

Wow what a wonderful display case for your precious treasures. It looks gorgeous! Very nicely pout together, Diane.
xo,
Tammy

Healing Woman said...

"Yankee" was never my best show. I enjoyed the ambiance and exhibited at the show because my mother still lived in the area and I stayed with her in-between weekends. The second week was best for me, but then again, everyone had a different week that seemed to be best. Hopefully by the last weekend it will be worth your while. The piece that you made to represent the era is super.

Pam McKnight said...

I see that you too were doing an outdoor art fair this weekend. I love your piece, so chock full of neat things- all with a history, all original and all put together with love and thoughtfulness.

Kathy said...

Beautiful and I can imagine how fun it was to find all those little trinkets and know you had just the place for them. I so relate to what you said about the stories behind them and what would their owners think to see their everyday objects become a piece of artwork. Love it!

Dorthe said...

Diane,
how absolutely beautiful-I love this wonderful idea of filling it with all vintage beauty and sweetness.
So sorry for you the weather did not act good-I know what that means, when being on markets.Better luck next week,dear.
Hugs,Dorthe

Lorraine said...

shame about the weather Diane..here is to loads of sales next week. We are having bad gales here with trees blowing down etc...think its the back end of the hurricane over in the US. Love your piece with all the treaures

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's a bit disappointing to read about this first weekend. I hope the next two weekends are better. I also hope you get to keep that piece you made. It is awesome and so full of memories, even if they are someone else's. For some reason, what I read made it appear that this piece goes to the show. Have a great week and recharge for next weekend.

Dianne said...

This piece is amazing! I'm trying to get ready for show season... A problem that I have though, is a happy one. The first 2 weekends in October I have 2 weddings to attend, so shows will have to wait until after them. Good luck in the next ones!

Emakesart said...

Hi! I haven't been by in a while so I enjoyed reading back through your posts! You've been a busy lady and of course I love all of your creations, especially those gorgeous angels. This piece is pretty spectacular too! I hope the weather is good to you for the rest of the show and I hope you make many sales. Enjoy!

xoEsther

Sandra Foster said...

Hi Diane! This is absolutely wonderful - just love it. Sandra

Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Diane,
The piece you've lovingly created is nothing short of ahhhhmazing! Every little detail is wonderful. Cheers to better shows coming up!
Holly

JessiVille said...

What a stunning shadow box you have created with your treasures from the past! I do hope the weather cooperates for the rest of your show weekends! Your art is so lovely I can't imagine you not doing well as the weather improves!
Good luck Diane!
Jessi xox

Theresa said...

Hi Diane, First, thanks for stopping in & glad you enjoyed the photos. Your shadow box is beautiful. Love it! & your angel art. I was catching up here, today.Congrats on a new grand baby on the way! So exciting for your family! I hope the weather is nicer for your next shows. I need to get painting! lol bb soon.
xo Theresa

Kristin said...

A Baby!!! Congratulations to you and your whole family - it will be a wonderful journey!
AND I love this piece! You must love the show American Pickers as much as I do? I always tell my husband that one day we should do that - and of course it's perfect to hunt for art supplies ;) I Love what you have accomplished here - such beautiful details (like the broken china) - good luck next weekend, xoxo

Lesley said...

Oh wow Diane this is absolutely gorgeous! So many details! Hope next weekend ALL the shoppers come out for you :)

Terri Kahrs said...

Ooops! Just read this post and left a comment about that vintage box earlier. I got so excited about your big news, I got carried away!!! Hugs, Terri xoxox

ps Will keep my fingers crossed for a better weekend coming up!!!!

PBsArtStudio said...

Ohh I loooove this wonderful collage piece!!! and I hope your shows are better from here on out and make up for this one! xoxo P

Marilyn Rock said...

So, very beautiful Diane! Filled with meaningful found objects that you've beautifully placed and adorned! Sorry about the weather with the show; that is always a risk with them and that is one reason I stopped doing the outdoor exhibits. A couple of years ago I had a disaster. xxoo

Diana said...

Too bad for the weather...hopefully, you'll have some upcoming sunny weekends. I love how you find all these fun treasures. How wonderful!

Wax Beach Artist said...

Wow! That is really amazing and I am sure the original owners of those items would be thanking You for preserving them in your art. Again, wow! This is the best assemblage I have ever seen! I am sure you will want to start another one so you can garage sale for more stuff because you are going to miss all of that excitement of the hunt!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

This is truly a one of a kind piece, Diane. I love all the various components and it looks like an actual piece from years gone by. Great work! :)

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