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.
A challenge for me as an artist has always been painting portraits of loved ones. I am unsure if it is because I see them in a different way or the fact that I see so many different faces from these people. I decided to turn a recent portrait painting of my daughter into a project for her because she so loves to help mom! I painted her portrait, covered it, and let her use fluorescent paint markers to decorate the background. Love how it turned out!