I About a year ago I painted Simple Solutions, the wicked witch of Snow White Legend getting her brilliant idea of how to get rid of her little problem. This painting came about when I was pondering good and evil and how most of us are more in the grey area. I may do a lot of volunteer work myself, but I use gas to get me there, knowing that lives hang in the balance as well as the environment. Even simple things like painting require heavy metals to be mixed and trees to be cut down. None of us can be completely good and cause no harm, although some people are certainly better at it than others. Here is the little hero of her own story. She has completely stripped a tree of all the apples, leaving none to share with her animal friends. Perhaps this tree was the favorite of her step mother. Perhaps it was the first in a series of selfish, maybe even naughty deeds. Perhaps the queen was a bit justified and the little brat had it coming. She certainly doesn’t look very innocent. Well at least no more innocent than you; no more innocent than I. She is painted in watercolor on Fabriano paper. Framed under glass. $300. Unframed, shipped in a tube or flat for $260.
I finished this painting last week in Arizona, while hanging out with my evil twin Haley. At first they seemed rather naked so I put them in a bubble bath to remove any questions. We girls do love getting into a little hot water, especially if bubbles are involved. The colors are inspired by cotton candy, because what is more fun than that? Double Trouble is watercolor on Aquaboard and 18″x24″. Double Trouble is $260 unframed and $300 framed.
Ariel- I painted Ariel a couple years back and she is finally going to her new home. Sometimes the girls feel like orphans waiting for the right person to take them home and love them.
To sum it up simply, Mesa was not the right show for me. I was set way off of the main strip on a far corner where they had 5 booths far away from the main show. I am sure they did this to get people moving around, but compared to the rest of the show we just didn’t get the audience. Also a great deal of the customers were over 60, which isn’t bad, but I am learning I need a younger, hipper market to reach my clientele. Mesa Arts Festival was more of an Artisan or Fine Crafts festival and seemed to be over 50 percent jewelry, some of which was truly art, but then they also included mass produced hair clips (the booth right next to me). They had four painters total, and some nice pottery. The shows hosts were actually fabulous and helpful. They provided coffee and snacks and security which were nice features, and I especially enjoyed the ability to set up the day prior. They asked for feedback and I know a lot of artists gave feedback on the layout. I think this show has potential, for the right artists, and I would recommend it to jewelry artists especially, and fiber artists. I had several other artists and customers tell me I should try the Tempe show.
I will be applying to Glitterfest and Renegade for the spring, even though both are more for fine crafts I think they market more to my target audience. I will also be applying Desert Festival, in Palm Springs. Wish me luck on getting into these shows, and finding the shows and galleries that fit my style so that I can reach my target audience.
Clara (top) is 20X20 Acrylic on Stretched Canvas painted in 2012 Regular price $200. On Sale for $100 through December!
Carmen is 24×36 Acrylic on Stretched Canvas painted in 2012. Regular price $250. One Sale $100 through December.
Shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. The smaller will ship USPS for about $20 within the US and the larger for about $35. Picking up is always an option.
I will be carrying this trading card original painting with me in my bag. The first person I see in person, who mentions they saw it here and asks for it gets it. This will be the first of several mini works I will be giving away in random contests. Stay tune for more that I will be giving away at particular shows or for those who can answer trivia questions about my inspiration and art journey.