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This past weekend I participated in the Arts and Apple Art Fair in Rochester Michigan north of Detroit. It is put on by Paint Creek Center for the Arts. This is Paint Creek and it was behind my booth.

It was held in the Municipal Park and my tent is the one with the rounded top on the curve of the sidewalk. I was in the area of trees and had to wear a jacket often.

I brought this painting along with me to work on in my room. I plan to have this it done for the Art at the Riverside show in Leo, IN on Sept. 23rd. I did this 3 day show solo and I missed my helpers, but it is always good to know that one can get the job done alone.  I did have help from a neighboring artist to bring down my tent roof though.

Felicia from housekeeping left a note for me, that she liked my painting. I really appreciated that.

I am so happy to say that our kittens are growing nicely. They are the sweetest little creatures! We have forever homes for every one of them, makes my heart sing.

Beautiful sunset to end our day before we are supposed to get some rain. We do need some. Thinking of all the people who have been affected by the recent hurricanes, what an event!

Looking forward to a little down time

My husband Tom and I are preparing to leave for Maine this weekend for some soul rejuvenation. I feel that nature does that, I also think that a painting is in the future with some wording like that. It has been a busy few months. I have done art shows in Indianapolis, Northville Michigan, La Grange Kentucky and Fort Wayne, IN. There is much preparation for shows and I always feel very stressed the week of the show and now we are going to have some well needed down time. I have found that no matter how much I sell at a show I always come away with more than that. I meet many people, who get introduced to my work. I get a lot of good feedback which means so much. My helpers are top notch and I enjoy spending time with them. It’s fun and hard work growing my art business. This painting is a print of my “In the Pines” and my sister Linda had it framed. It just looks so lovely.

This was taken on the Fourth of July from my back porch of the downtown Fort Wayne fireworks. I couldn’t see all of them but the tall ones were bright.

The video above, I took from my booth at Three Rivers Art Fair in Fort Wayne. Our booth was tucked behind the statue of Anthony Wayne on his horse, which drew a lot of folks to it but I feel that our placement didn’t draw the crowds like others. I have asked for a different spot next year. The kids loved climbing on it, many had their picture taken with it and the horse was anatomically correct with the 10-12 year old boys laughing and pointing at it. This cat painting was a hit and  my sister Linda purchased it, she loved it so much. What a complement. I have prints though in my http://etsy.com/shop/heresmyhart etsy shop, and which a few purchased at the show. .

My customer that purchased the original In The Pines sent a picture showing where she put it. I was quite thrilled to get it!

Such fun it was to carve new stamps for my note cards! So connect to my facebook page and instagram because I will be posting pictures of our trip along the way. I’m so excited!!

Broad Ripple Art Fair this weekend!

Imagine yourself sitting at the bottom of a hill and you look up to see a beautiful evening sky with a hint of pink, surrounded by a sea of color. This is my newest painting, “Under the Blue Sky”. It will be for sale along with many others at the Broad Ripple art fair in Indianapolis.

When I started this painting I knew I wanted snapdragons with a lot of texture. The sky, then the snapdragons then I wasn’t sure which way I was going. Intuitive painting is putting down paint on a canvas and then eventually it will turn into something to work with. You stand back and start seeing different elements, shapes, colors. Check out the Indianapolis Art Center site and come visit us at booth 117.

 

Art Show Review

So much has happened in the last two weeks that I need to catch you up. On March 3rd and 4th my sister Linda and I drove to South Bend and set up the mini gallery to participate in the For the Love of Art Fair.

It was a very nice venue with many large rolling carts for the artists to use. It was an easy set up and tear down. I am not one that just has to rush to get out of there as fast as I can. We can usually count on 1 1/2 hours for everything up to shutting the door of the Transit Connect.
Shireen Kline is the promoter of this show and that woman works her rear end off. She keeps in touch via emails and personal phone calls. She also promotes the heck out of this show, with billboards, television commercials, social media, promotional cards that she will send to the artists to give to their customers. Television stations came out for some live shots. She was there the whole time for set up and when it was time for tear down she she was right in there helping everyone. It seemed as if she was tireless.

We stayed at the Doubletree hotel which was attached to the Century Center via a walkway, very convenient for the tired artist. We could also keep our vehicle parked in the garage all day long. It was a great hotel, the beds were comfy, we received the usual choc chip walnut check in cookie that Doubletree is known for. We were a bit concerned about the other residents on our floor, they were young hockey players with a lot of energy. Lots of running and congregating outside of our door and someone also threw up. The hotel was right there cleaning up the mess and when the time came to go to sleep all was quiet on the floor, they did really well. Shireen had worked it out with the hotel at having artist pricing for our room which was very much appreciated.

Our room was on the St. Joseph river side and the city really utilizes the river. That is a walkway with a stage area which could accommodate many activities. It was impressive. Being a chilly day in the 30’s we did not venture down there though.

This is what that same area looks like at night. The rapids are lit up and changing colors all the time. The bridge down the river also has color changing lights and there are two sculptures on each side of the river that change colors. It was enjoyable to watch.

A shot of my booth head on. The pipe and drapes were already set up for the other booths behind and beside. The area was exactly 10 X 10 with no extra room so I was not able to put my drapes up with no extra room but it worked out fine. I would have preferred a little more room so that storage behind the tent could be used but Shireen had curtained off a corner of the expo hall so that the artists could store their items, which was pretty convenient also. 

Right side of my booth. Another new option I have added to my booth this year are the lights though the lighting in the expo center was very good. I did like having the lights shine on the paintings and they were very easy to hook up. Shireen moved the art show to the South Bend area this year because the venue was nicer and the Elkhart area did not embrace the show. Though there were attendees never did I see large crowds in the aisles which I would have been exciting. My view is that this area was hit hard in the economic turn down of 2008 and they are being very cautious about spending their hard earned dollars and understandably so. I loved talking to the wonderful people that made their way into my gallery, that is always the fun part.

My next indoor art fair will be April 7,8 and 9th in Novi, Michigan. They have already sent me 50 of these cards to give away. I have not been to this venue before and it will be a new adventure. If you are in the area, stop on by and say hi and possibly pick up some happy art for your home.

 

Completed In The Pines

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When I started building this painting my main vision included the different size pine trees. I cut out different sizes from wallpaper and originally was going to use many less. I then added all  the rest and liked the way it looked. The background was originally much different with many different greens. It didn’t make the picture and I painted over it with Paynes grey and Chromium Oxide Green. I wanted it to be dark like the inside of a forest.

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Here is the completed painting of In The Pines. I really love the sky, it has a lot of movement and the sun is Van Goghish. The words are Take Our Hearts For A Walk In The Woods….And Listen To The Magic Whispers of Old Trees. There are many interesting elements to this painting. Look closely to find the pine martin peeking through the trees. I have posted this in my shop if you would like to purchase a print. The size will be printed as 8 X 14.5 on 11.7 X 16.5 archival paper and ink.

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I will be adding this painting to my booth when I set it up in Columbus, Ohio December 2 through 4. If you are in the area please stop by. My shop link.

New Painting in Shop

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Just finished this painting today just in time to offer in my booth this weekend. I will be setting up in Roanoke Indiana at the Art Fair A Renaissance in Roanoke. It will be this Saturday October 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is going to be a beautiful fall day of 63 degrees and sunny. This painting is named “Love Many Things” after the Vincent Van Gogh quote I have added to it.

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This is a photo from my tent two weeks ago at Art at the Riverside in Leo Indiana. This was a really nice show setup. All the art booths were in an oval so we could look out and see everyone. The traffic flow was quite good with nice space in between the tents. There were food trucks to choose from for lunch. There was great music groups also. Each show becomes more successful and that is fun! Since this show was close to home it was nice to be able to see people I know too. I hope to see you this weekend.

Two Art Shows in a row

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On August 20th I set up my booth in Greenwood Indiana at the Wammfest. We ran the whole of summer outdoor harsh weather, but we survived. Wamm means Wine, Art, Music and Microbrew. This is my lovely helper Theresa, who agreed to come along for her first art fair. The humidity was harsh upon set up. We went through many paper towels just wiping our faces of perspiration. The nice thing was that we could drive right up to the booth space and have the transit there the whole time. I like to be able to set up the night before and the booths were set up in a four square which was also nice because everyone had a corner. This picture was taken the next day after we hung everything.

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For our dinner that night we chose Buca Di Beppo Italian Food. I loved their retro signage and the restaurant was quite good. You have to share because the portions are for 2 to 3 people on the lower end.

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The windows looking like an Italian restaurant in an Italian village. Lots and lots of pictures on the walls and it was larger than I expected it to be.

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More retro signage. We were so warm and our clothes were so wet that the air conditioning made us cold. The food was filling and great and we came away revived a bit.

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The day of the festival called for rain showers off and on. We actually looked forward to the rain and not the sun because of the humidity and when the sun came out it was smothering. During the rains the tent held up beautifully. At one point around 4 or 5 o’clock the Greenwood police came around and told us a severe storm was coming and we would be welcome to leave, but with our good weights we decided to stay as none of the veteran artists were packing up. We would not have been able to get everything put away by that time. It ended up that the storm broke up and we just had some rain. This picture is just showing the animals that people bring. It would have been a nicer walk had it not been so warm.

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The booth across from us, lots of words but I really liked the coat of armor.

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Another dog, this tent that you cannot see inside of made leather goods. Especially leather journals with nice paper inside.

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This artist had very pretty glass items that she made. When the storm came she zipped up her tent and took advantage of the down time to take a nap.

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This woman came into the booth and I had to ask her to take a picture of her leg. She was obviously a big Wizard of Oz fan and had this tatooed all around her leg.

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She said that it took 100 hours.

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Amazing work! The leather journals were flying off the shelf, the jewelry maker beside us said that her sales were really down from the year before and I am sure that had to do with the uncertainty of the weather. The bands were fantastic, the promoters were great, the crowd was also really nice but I think they were there for the music and drinks more for the art, especially my art. I sold very little, but got a lot of good feedback. I don’t plan to attend this one again but it was a very well put together festival.

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The next weekend, August 27th, we set up the booth at the Oakwood Resort in Syracuse Indiana on lake Wawasee. It was not a big show, 38 artists, but they were all very good artists. You could tell that the community supported the arts and made it out to the show even though it did rain. We really had about an hours down time from 11 am to 12 pm. Sales were doing well up to that time. It rained hard enough that we had to put all the sides down on the tent. It was warm to set up on friday evening, but not as warm as Greenwood was. They were generous with the booth size placement also. It was set up in an event area along a meandering path. My sister and I set up the tent the night before and then put the pictures up again the next day. Here I am the morning before the show started.

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We decided to have our meals at the resort and sat outside for the evening meal on friday night, this was our view. The only problem was the darn august bees.

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Topped off my fancy mac and cheese meal with some very tasty cheesecake. It takes a lot out of you to set up a tent in the heat. You need nourishment!

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Morning sky on Lake Wawasee.

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Another pretty one I had to share.

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The beach at the Oakwood Resort, our room window was on the third floor. The inside was so well lighted and lovely. It was a treat to stay there.

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This is the S.S. Lilypad, people were dressed up and boarding for an evening cruise, possibly dinner we think. This was also the view from our room. We were so fortunate!

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Here is a morning sunrise picture, just delightful! We had their Saturday buffet for breakfast and that sustained us through the day until we were on our way home.

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Our sunny room and my helper was my lovely sister Linda. I have a very fondness for the Oakwood Art Fair, it was my best so far. It was not big but the people who came out were wonderful. There was music, and things going on for the kids. The bathrooms were easily accessible and clean! Good food items and wine to taste and buy. Linda picked up a bottle of “Cruisin Concord” from the Tippy Creek Winery and I look forward to drinking it. Each show I learn new things at and the artists are so nice, an experience I wouldn’t want to miss.

 

Kalamazoo

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It has been a week since I participated in the Kalamazoo Art Fair and each time the show gets a little better. A few more sales, quicker set up, easier tear down. Generously helpful Artists on each side of us. From the last show I noted to myself to bring a step stool, which came in very handy. This show made me decide to purchase a fold up rolling cart to make things easier. Sometimes the parking spot is not so close to your booth space. It takes a lot to tote around a 40 pound weight. This sculpture was in the courtyard of the Kalamazoo Institutes of Art.

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We had to walk down here often to have dinner, use the restroom, get snacks and beverages.

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Bronson Park, everything is all buttoned up on Friday night.

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While walking to our parking lot we passed the Federal Building.

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On the corner was placed a plaque of the Bill of Rights.

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Saturday morning started out as a lovely sunny day. The booth by This large statue had large items for sale. From the front it looked like the statue was park of their display.

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These charming mossy statues were all over the park.

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My booth is at the end of this row. The Artists were all slowly getting there to open up for business.

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Old church tower I could view from my vantage point.

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Loved the lime green color of the tree.

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This helicopter flew over a few times in the course of the day.

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Love this mossy moose.

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While making a trec to the KIA I was stopped by a parade. I thought these large headed people were amusing.

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Look at the size of this dog!

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Another colorful float.

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I wondered if her bee costume was heating up inside.

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Colorful shopping cart too!

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I think this was the mascot of their hockey team.

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There was not an old car show going on. These people just brought their 51 Ford to set along the parade route.

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I liked this boy and his cape. He was getting some assistance from h is superhero Dad.

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Lastly a man and his dog.

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The little pooch was sitting so patiently observing his surroundings. All in all, we had a good show. It takes a while to build a following and it is fun to talk with people and make contacts. I would do it again. As always….thanks for stopping.

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After the art show (2)

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Wyoming Ohio is a suburb of Cincinnati. It is made up of many large old homes that have been well taken care of. This beautiful lady I was so lucky to have my booth space right in front of.

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I loved the wreath on her door and there are wonderful foxglove growing in the landscaping. It was all so well kept and breathtaking and it was like this all through the town.

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The art fair was held on just one street and all the vendors were on both sides. There were many, many wonderful things to see and to learn. The veteran artists were very helpful to the newbies and I have added a step stool to my list of items to take. along with tie wraps and clips little things like that. Here I had popped out of my booth to snap a photo to show you what it is like. When I took a walk I was impressed with the different and neat art that was invited to the show.

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Here is my booth along with my helper, our cousin Margaret. She was so kind with her hospitality and directions around the area. My booth building process went better than the last time but I still need more practice till I get it down pat. Next year I hope to come back to Wyoming.  They had everything organized really well, sent the information in a timely manner.  They made arrangements to have lunch delivered to the artists and sent a boxed dinner home with us. I also learned about submitting artwork for competition and also that they judge your overall booth.  There is money that can be earned.  Once I get the art of building my tent in a timely manner things will go much, much smoother. 

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I love the Trimline Flourish Company Tent. It was a breezy, cooler day and we eventually shut the back door to keep the breeze out. The new weights worked well and the tent did not even budge. We had 4- 40 pound weights totaling 160 pounds. It was not a prosperous show, but what I am learning and networking with people and customers is helping me so much to make my little gallery a success. By participating in many different shows possibly people will become collectors of my uplifting art. I have customers ask for my card so I look forward to it on my horizon. Thank you for stopping in today.

 

A week in review

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Here it is, thursday already and I have not done one blog post. The week seems to have flown by. I will do a quick recap with some pictures. Monday was a beautiful day. I had picked up some plants that needed potted, but before that my tulips needed some pictures. I have have never had any orange tulips and I am very enamored by them.

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A nice big white one with a pretty yellow center.

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I love them because I haven’t had tulips for a while. When you have a new house it takes such a while to establish flowers. I hope these grow nicely and multipy.

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On the weekend I went to an antique mall in Decatur, IN in search for a rustic bench. I came across this guy and it was perfect. The right length and very rustic. In the three pots are red geraniums, they were not planted yet, just sitting in the pots. They will be so, so pretty when they start blooming. I will show you the big picture further on.

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Here it shows that it is old and rustic with square nail heads.

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Other plants that needed pots, herbs. I had moved this stand to the other side of the porch and planted two cantnip plants, sweet mint, peppermint, lemon thyme, and garlic chives. It should get the right amount of sunlight in this spot.

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A welcome hello, come sit a spell.

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I am so happy with this creeping phlox, it was a piece that my neighbor Kathy gave me last fall. It’s blooming well and will add a great spot of color to the landscaping. These spread so nicely.

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Tuesday I practiced setting up the frame of my art fair tent. I have it well marked, and I feel confident it will go smooth at the next fair which is on May 15th. I just took it slow, and wrote my directions down and when I took it down it was bungee corded together in sections. Also it is 7 feet tall, the legs haven’t been extended in this picture. 

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It has a front and back awning to extend the space and also help with the sun in the summer. Also this week I found I was put on the waitlist of two summer art fairs in my area. Covington and Three Rivers Art in the Park. Since I am new at this I will have to see how this plays out. I will hear by May 31st for Coventry and probably June for 3 Rivers. On another note I heard from the Roanoke Art Show and since I participated last year I don’t have to pay a jury fee or send in pictures which is fantastic, I am just automatically in….this show is in October.

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Meet Mr.House Finch.

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And Mrs. House Finch…..Sounds like Person of Interest….Which the new season starts in May! It’s been a long time!

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If you haven’t heard finches, they are jabbering all the time. They have a very distinctive sound. Click here to listen and read about them. They have made a complete small nest in my door wreath. It really is a perfect spot for it because we don’t use this door often and it is in a sheltered spot from the rain and wind. Here she is coming back to the nest. She always flys out when we open the door to look at her. You can barely see the nest on the right side.

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She was getting closer but then heard my camera click.

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Johnny Jump-ups, I threw these seeds down in the landscaping two years ago so that they would randomly multiply. It’s going to be pretty this year. They are all over, I love these flowers. It’s going to be a fun weekend. I am doing an annual girls weekend and we are going to Akron Ohio to a stamping convention. Click here for the information. I just love these gals, it’s been a while. That’s all I’ve got. I hope you have a fun weekend too.