My last thought last night was to go to bed early and get up at 6 am to meet the sunrise at the beach. I am very lucky I life about a half mile from the beach down here in … Continue reading
This is one of my original American Flag paintings. Remember all those that have fallen in conflict. Memorial Day 2013. Melissa
I’m that girl! You know the girl who says she going to do something that doesn’t seem possible and then the next thing you know she doing it. Before I decided to be that type of person I knew another girl like … Continue reading
Artist Diary: Deerfield Beach Art Fair
The weekend of January 26 and 27th I had my own little booth at the Deerfield Beach Art Fair. Yes I was up all night finishing my original paintings, making sure my prints were done and finishing my frames etc. My ex-husband, myself and my son I arrived at 8:30. Ahh God bless them they are serving coffee and breakfast. The joint is jumping vendors are finishing up their set ups.
I am setup and ready for business. When I first applied for this event I pictured myself on the beach side of the road near the end of the road. That is exactly where I was across from a marvelous Photographer and wonderful oil and pastel Artist.
I was all set up at 9am and people were already starting to walk around and stop in.
I forgot my chair and my paints. When I am out and about in the public I like to be doing something. So I paint. People are interested in an Artist’s process and its a great way to start the conversation That’s all great but I forgot my paints on the first day Saturday and more importantly. I forgot my chair Thankfully I had a small step stool where I perched on all day my butt wasn’t happy though.
Debut American Flags and Sugar Skulls:
I have been meaning to do an Amrican Flag for a while. I finally got around to it and they were the hit of my booth. There were two in the front that people were really drawn to. I thought they wold be the first to go but it was a smaller American Flag in the back that went first.
Also Pretty Skulls made their debut. They were another crowd favorite. I was interesting to note that younger people seemed to like the Skulls verses older people liking the Flags more.
The Customers are Coming Because I told them to: How a book saved my Art Fair Experience. I have been using Alyson Stanfield’s “I would rather be in the Studio” to guide me through marketing my Art, reaching my target audience.
So as the book advised I send out emails to those on my list letting them know I would be there. I did and guess what? 100% of the people that purchased were from my email list. to sooooo glad I had the tools to bring my own customers to my booth literally.
For the rest of the show I relaxed talked up a storm, beefed up my mailing list, enjoyed the delicious ocean breeze and enjoyed the live music. Now to follow up.
I’ll be working on two paintings inspired by my friends Claudio amazing photographs. He’s calf2012_ih on instagram. It’s funny I fell in love with his sugar skull picture. I usually don’t like skulls at all or pink of any kind but I am loving both and inspired to do other pictures in
I had this picture of a Manta Ray. I started about 2 years ago. I didn’t like how it was turning out so I stopped. Time to start working on it again using the light splash of the Turtle picture as my inspiration.