Monday, July 23, 2012

Starting My Show Season

Saturday  was  my  first  show of  the  year.  I've  blogged  about  this  show  before--I  love  this  show!---in  a  great  little  town.   It  doesn't  matter  what  the  weather  is  like,  the  residents  here   come  and  support  it.   This  year  was  a  bonus,  because  the  weather  was  perfect!--perfect  for  the  artists  and perfect  for  the  customers.  It's  a  fairly  large  show,  set  up  through  the  downtown  area  and  park.  

These  photos  were  taken  in the  morning  before  the  official  start  of  the  show  (people  always  come  early)  Look  at  that  beautiful  sky!

 
And  here's  my  booth--all  set  up  and  ready  to  go--


  I  had  just  finished  that  large  canvas  that  you  see  on  the  left.   I  showed  more  of  its  progression    on  my  Facebook  page.  


It's  on  a  20- x 40  canvas--the  largest  I've  ever  painted  on.   It  scared  me  at  first,  but  I  can't  believe  how  much  fun  I  had  making  this.   I  wanted  to  make  something  that  would  grab  peoples'  attention,  so  they  would  stop  and  come  into  my  booth  instead  of  just  walking  by,  and  I'd  say  that  it  worked!



My  sales  were  the  best  they've  ever  been  at  this  show.   And  it  was  so  good  to  bring  all  of  my  art  out  that  I've  been  making  all  of  these  months  and  see  a  LOT  of  it go  to  happy  homes.   It's  so  nice  to  connect  with  people  and  see  their  excitement  and  questions  on  how  I  make  my  art.   I  love  this!

And  thanks  to  my  husband,  I  was  able  get  out  and  do  a  little  shopping--



--very  cool  earrings  and  bracelet  and  mug  (I  have  this  thing  for  mugs--I  like  drinking  my  coffee  out  of  fun  stuff)

And  I  also  made  sure  to  catch  one  of  the  best  farmers'  market  that  I've  been  to--and  very  convenient  too--it  was  in  a  lot  very  close  to  my  booth--

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....lots  and  lots  of  home  grown  vegetables  AND  fresh  baked  delicious!  pastrys,  breads  and  cookies  and  homemade  jellies  and  jams  and  pies--you  get  the  picture.

These  art  shows  are  not  for  everyone.   They're  a  lot of  work---the  set  up  and  tear  down  can  be  killer  especially  at  these  one  day  shows.   By  the  end  of  the  day,  the  last  thing  that  you  want  to  do  is  take  down  a  big  heavy  tent.   But....there's  something  about  them  (like  days  like  this  one)  where  you  can't  wait  to  do  it  all  over  again.

It  was  a  great  start  for  my  season,  and  now  I  gotta  get  to  work  (or  play)!

20 comments:

rachel awes said...

that was me, rachel! i don't know why it came up anonymous!! :)

rachel awes said...

oh goodness, my first comment went away!...i said something like...your booth looks amazing/shining like the sun/love all the buzz of your day + being. xox

Bren said...

Bet you have a lot of new pieces you've got to make between now and the next show :-) Delighted that you had a great show, knew your wonderful pieces would sell fast!

Janine said...

I am excited for you! May the Goddess of arts and crafts be with you! Great pics!

Becca said...

How fun Diane! I wish I could have been there! There's no way I could have passed up a booth like yours!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Wow what a turn out! Don't you love to see a packed booth?! It's a total draw for other people, too. haha I'm so happy that your first show of the season was great. Did you sell your large painting? It looks just beautiful there enticing shoppers to come in.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Sounds like you had an exceptional show, Diane. Did you sell your large piece?

I was surprised when I read this was a one day event. I can only imagine how tired you must have been. I hope this is a GOOD omen for the rest of the year.

Isabel said...

Booth looks great,a beautiful setup and area:O) Glad you did great:O)

Lisa Graham Art said...

I would not be able to pass up your booth either Diane! Your work is so beautiful!

Kathy said...

Diane, you are so incredibly talented it is hard to believe anyone could walk by your booth without stopping. Glad you had a such a good time and found a little time your yourself, too!

Dianne said...

So glad you did well... Love the booth and adore the large painting! I love shows... they are my favorite way of selling my art! Great luck for the rest of the season!

Dorthe said...

Congratulations dear , I`m so glad for you, that you had a wonderful day of selling and great visitors.
A great start for you, I cross my fingers it goes on like this, Diane.
Hugs,Dorthe

Janine Whitling said...

its lovely to read about your success, but I'm curious why you don't include the name and address of the show?

Cameron said...

Congrats! How exciting!

YOur booth looked amazing...and that large piece certainly is an eye catcher!

I'm so happy your season started with a bang!

Kristin said...

HOW awesome! I remember this one from last year! BUT what a great (smart girl ;) idea to make a huge colorful painting to bring them in. This is really inspiring me to do a large canvas - I've been wanting to - and it's been a while since I've been able to do something just 'cause! Did the large canvas sell? Congrats on your success and and that farmer's market sounds superb! xoxo

Kim Mailhot said...

What a great day ! The big painting was gorgeous and obviously a great eye catcher for your booth. Congrats on this great beginning ! Brava !

Holly Loves Art said...

Your booth looks fantastic!! So happy it went so well. Looks like great fun!

Rosie said...

That looks like such a great show - and your booth was fantastic - so glad you had good sales, your work is so vivid and wonderful.

Elizabeth C. said...

What a thrilling and marvelous way to start the season--congratulations!

Beth said...

I haven't visited for a while, but am so glad I dropped into your blog. Delicious! As ever I am inspired when I take a look. Congratulations on a successful show. That beautiful booth would be a real crowd pleaser filled with your work. Take care.

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