As an artist I believe it’s very important to get out there and meet people as well as get exposure. While online exposure is much easier, it’s less personal. I participated in my first outdoor festival yesterday and although it wasn’t an “art” festival it was successful and a ton of fun! I was lucky enough to have an entourage behind me compiled of great family and friends who came to help and show their love and support. The day was a cold and windy day but thanks to my handy husband, devoted dad, family and friends, we had a secure gallery tent set up. My favorite part of the whole thing was the energy and love from the people there. I ended up selling about 20% of my inventory and getting a commissioned painting sale as well. I hope to do some more events like this. I also will be getting out in the community next week as I was selected to paint a piano for Pianos on Parade and Keys 4/4 kids. The piano will be placed somewhere downtown Minneapolis to be played by anyone. Excited and thankful for these new opportunities.
The warm weather and hot summer days are very near. I really wanted to paint something that reminded me of great memories fishing. I grew up fishing with my dad quite a bit and have many great memories. My nickname from my dad was and still is “Tadpole” because my of my little tadpole tackle box. This painting brings back memories of those great times fishing. We all can hopefully relate someway or another with these happy memories on the lake.
There is something about sunsets and lakes come spring time. The excitement of summer evening and weekends outdoors really inspires me to keep painting these feel good paintings. The colors in the paintings are bright and vibrant and give a feel of energy and happiness.
Life has a way of throwing things our way that make us take a step back and reprioritize. I use painting as a way to relax and take a break from life’s demands and I am so grateful to have this opportunity. I have been getting more attention and orders for paintings than I would have ever expected and it’s GREAT. The one thing I am noticing is that I like to start a painting , take a short break, and then come back to it. This way I am able to get a better idea of what I want the outcome to be; especially with commissioned paintings. I currently am working on multiple commissioned paintings and I thank my clients for being patient, knowing that the final product will be greater if there is not a big rush. I am trying to get other paintings done as well as I am getting ready to hang some at a couple commercial businesses as well as setting up a tent at The Beer and Bacon Festival on May 14th. Come and have fun!
I have been focusing my recent paintings on Minnesota scenery and nature. I have received a very positive response to the recent nature based paintings in the State of the Art series and sold both paintings within days of finishing! I am planning on painting several more nature/lakescape paintings and am going to make a couple prints of each due to the responses I have received. I am also busy working on several commissioned projects….I am blessed to be so busy doing what I love!
In my most recent painting I wanted to capture the beauty of northern Minnesota. When I think of northern Minnesota I think of my memories up near boundary waters and all the calm beauty of nature. The man canoeing is taking in the beautiful view of the sun setting over the trees.
My State of the Art series has turned up a great response from many and that means more variations of like concepts. I enjoy capturing ideas or concepts in multiple paintings using a variety of brush techniques and colors to make them each their own. They may look alike at first glance but if you study them, you will notice the purposeful differences. My most recent painting, titled “State of the Art City Lights” is a depiction of the vibrant colorful energy of downtown Minneapolis with respect to the state of Minnesota. I wanted the bright colors tell a story of the city and the state to stand out more using a different shadowing effect.