In Marketing this is suppose to be something I know, something I am sure of. With Galleries I tend to let them decide, if the art in the gallery is contemporary, interesting and a bit edgy, and I like it, I will assume it’s a good fit.
For art shows I have to do much more leg work to make sure it will be a good fit and my clientele will actually be at the show. For instance I have learned my market doesn’t seem to be the elderly conservative women of Mesa Arizona, although to be fair I didn’t meet but a small percentage of them. My wide eyed girls appeal to little girls, both of the fairy princess and Wednesday Adams variety, aged punk rockers, tattooed Morrisey boys, and women who can see themselves in my art. It’s often hard to find a show with that exact clientele. However the galleries love the wide eyes girls so they seem to have found a home there.
The silhouette series that I have only been doing publicly about a year (they used to be my warm up works waiting for inspiration until I realized the were inspired) however had a different unsurprisingly broader appeal. They appeal to people who feel. People who have their own stories to share and find I have expressed their stories for them. I am starting to trust that is exactly what I am doing sometimes. That their story or struggle or love or unity or loss or loneliness is so powerful that they have sent the energy of it out into the universe and I have grabbed just a little bit of that energy and expressed it in a most primitive way. In color and simple shape. So my clientele for this series is anyone with a story. And everyone has a story. I just may not have gotten to yours yet.
Join us at Artbeat on Main St. In Vista tonight at 5:30. Free event with refreshments.
I have listed one small watercolor and one charcoal sketch on ebay.
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I will be showing my dolls at the Palm Spring Desert Arts Festival on March 1 and 2. I just got notice today. I visited this show last time it was held and it looks great, professional with lots of wonderful artwork. I am happy to be included.
Once a year or so I like to continue my own education with an indepth workshop with someone I consider a modern master. When choosing the workshop, of course the mentor must also suite my own work. That doesn’t mean that have to paint in the same style as me but they must have knowledge I can absorb and that will help me in my own art journey. When searching for a workshop mentor I look for someone contemporary and colorful and most importantly, who’s work grasps my attention, freezes me in my tracks and inspires me. My three favorite workshop teachers are Caroline Jasper, Linda Kemp and Robert Burridge, each who challenge me and inspire me, and I feel not just inspiration but a jump in my work immediately following the classes.
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.