Monday, September 19, 2011

Artists in the Country

What a beautiful weekend we had for the annual Artists in the Country show and sale. The weather gods smiled upon us and the two days could not have been more perfect. It's always a concern when setting up a tent for two days and displaying paintings and works on paper, notecards and the like. Wind can actually be more of a concern than rain, as even a light breeze can wreak havoc on a display. And bright sun can cause condensation on things that are wrapped in plastic, prints framed under glass, and even notecards in clear stationery boxes. None of these things were a concern this weekend! It was so lovely meeting people, talking with fellow artists, and listening to the wonderful entertainment throughout the weekend. Many thanks to all the volunteers that helped out, delivered lunch to the artists, were available for breaks, etc. This show is such a treat--I look forward to participating again next year.

I love to watch the little ones' reactions to my animal paintings. When you have a booth full of chicks and pigs and sheep and cows and seems to draw the attention of the toddlers, who love to practice their animal sounds while admiring the artwork.

On a totally different subject...this seems to be the year for commissions. I still have a little room for new bookings before Christmas, but the schedule is filling up.

One recent dog portrait has involved a bit of dialogue back and forth about the color of the fur and the amount of wrinkles on the face, and I cracked up one day when I realized that the ads on the right side of my g-mail window were for things like "get rid of dark circles", "skin lightening in 14 days", and "best makeup for aging skin".
Those targeted ads have no idea that the e-mail discussion was about a dog!