Art Show judging

Applying to art fairs is not for the thinned skinned person. This season I have gotten into many good shows that I am really looking forward to doing.

But it is always a decision how much do you show in your booth. Does it look professional, because most of the time you have to send a booth shot. I have been “Not Invited” (that is the terminology they use) for others that I would really like to show at additionally. So, I decided that I needed to put up my tent and hang paintings and take photographs.

This picture is from an actual show, which I have come to the conclusion that it is too busy. I don’t think they really want that. The judges really don’t want to see what all you have for sale, they want to see a very scaled down version that is easy to look at in 3 to 5 seconds.
This is what I came up with for next years booth shots. Neat and to the point. I had my sides on, no name, no table. The only thing that I don’t like is that the wind is blowing and it kept bulging out the left side. I can fix that though with Photoshop. I had to find a decently warm day, that wasn’t raining and had sunshine. This was only the second day we had that kind of weather this year. I also needed to set up my tent because from my show in April I had a bunch of blacksmiths help me tear down and they took everything apart! I was glad for the help but some parts need to stay together for easy building. So two problems taken care of.

I was trying something different and applied to a show in Missouri, stepping out of my box. They did not invite me and also my score was 9 out of 30. OUCH! They did not like anything I had to offer. It was almost like “how dare you even think about applying to our show!”

Another show that required a DVD sent snail mail, which is not too common anymore. I got it all done, packaged up and sent away with my application fee check, feeling accomplished. Apparently the images did not burn onto the DVD! What I sent them was blank! They did kindly call me and said if I would email the images to them within the half hour then they would take a look. I was out with friends and was not at home.

This weekend starts my outside art fair season at Bloom Fest in Leo Indiana. It is at Riverside Gardens on Schwartz Road. The weather looks (as of right now) picture perfect. This show is in its second year and at least 75 artists and vendors will be there. Food trucks and childrens activities and also live music. Come out and celebrate nature, the Arts and Spring.

Don’t Forget

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is the Rural Artist Studio Tour. I will be working at stop # 7, Fort Wayne Artists Guild Pop Up in the afternoon. It is going to be a great tour and I hope that you won’t miss it.

I have also added three more art shows in on my schedule. Please take a look, it is on the right side of the home page. https://heresmyhart.com/

Rural Artist Studio Tour

This Saturday, May 4th from 10 am to 6 pm is the Rural Artist Studio Tour. Above is the map and all the stops.
This is a fun time to see art being created and where it happens in the artist studios. Then there will of course be original art for sale. You can also have lunch at the food truck Head 2 Hoch.
This 10 X 10 painting I just got completed yesterday and will be hanging at stop number 7, the FWAG pop up tent at Riverview Native Nursery. This painting is titled “Blooms and Bugs”.
“Sunrise at Frenchman Bay” will also be hanging. The inspiration is from our trip to Bar Harbor Maine. There will also be prints and cards available.

Musings and Pictures

I have come to a conclusion that I will just do one blog post per week. Blog posts take a while to put together, getting all the pictures that I have taken from different devices downloaded and sized to fit the web. I am taking pressure off myself, (totally self imposed anyway) to schedule just one on Sunday or Monday. I will catch you up on my musings of the week then.

These three canvases are going to be prepped soon with gesso. I have sketched the “Big Ideas” down and are ready to implement them onto canvas. Having the blank canvases there gets me itching to pick up a brush, they are the catalyst to get the move on.



I took a quick picture of the WIP or work in progress. This is a 10 X 10 canvas and I wanted to get a couple of smaller paintings done for the Rural Artist Studio Tour. My studio is at the southern end of the county and these artists are in the northern part of the county, but the Fort Wayne Artists Guild is going to participate with a pop up gallery which is exciting. The Rural Artist Studio Tour takes place on May 4, 2019. Below is the map of the studio tour. I will be working the tent from 2 pm to 4 pm.

This painting is going to be titled Bugs and Blooms.
I hope you take the time to go to the working studios. The FWAG will have the pop up tent and then there will be artists painting too. Please support your local artists and buy some original art and see where it is made.
The other painting will be 12 X 16 and these two pictures from our vacation in Maine will be the inspiration for it, plus others. This was July of 2017 and I am recalling that may be the international space station that was visible along with the crescent moon.
I was up very early one morning, 3:30 and was able to catch this magnificent sunrise. My painting may be titled, Sunrise on Frenchman Bay. Those colors!!


If you follow me on Facebook you will see that I was in Novi Michigan last weekend at the Great Lakes Art Fair. There are so many positive things to say about this show. It is inside, the booth spaces are large, electricity is not and additional cost, we artists can drive our vehicles in to unload, but the attendance was so poor that it just didn’t cover expenses. First warm weekends in a cold climate just kills an indoor show. People want to be outside.

This car I was behind when going back to my hotel. The front end of the mattress kept lifting up as they were driving down the road. It was tied down with string not rope. Have you ever gotten behind someone like this? I kept picturing it flying off, slam banging into my car, windshield breaking, scratches and dents. They turned off and I hope that they made it to their destination safely.

These bloomed while I was gone last weekend during the warmth, little daffodils are so sweet. I planted 60 various bulbs last fall and I am seeing things start to make their way through the mulch

We save up to have a landscaper come and clean up our beds, trim back bushes, lay new mulch. They get it all done at once and it stays nice for many months. I planted two new trees last fall and I am happy to say that they are budding out. We have had a lot of precipitation and it should be a good spring.

We are doing some renovations in the lower level. Some new flooring, painting, moving things around. Kevin is getting Sams old bedroom, Tom is making Kevin’s old room his exercise area. The guest room gets a facelift along with the hallway.

I am going to stain trim pieces for the bedrooms. The flooring will be installed on the 22nd and 23rd. It will be great when it is done.



I tried to participate On Instagram….March meet the maker. It was supposed to go all the way through March. I am terrible and I cannot keep it up. I think I did four or five days. I was a good thought.

We have had some interesting water fowl come to the pond recently. They are some kind of diving ducks. I wondered if these were some kind of Mergansers. If you know please make a comment.
Then we had some swans stop by for a moment or two. This was a first that I had seen.
There they were flying away.
This rolly polly sky is neat too, taken a day ago.

Till next Sunday or Monday. Have a good week!

More Prints Added

“Bar Harbor” in mixed media. This painting is a compilation of images that I took on a vacation in Bar Harbor Maine. Cadillac Mountain and the sunrise that is the first to hit North America, to the eagles soaring over the pine trees of the rock walls. Then the activity of the ocean, Egg Island light house and the sea lions that soak up the sun and warmth during low tide. Shown are also kayakers, a schooner, a fishing boat, a lobster boat and buoys and a sailboat. I am happy to say that this 24 X 24 painting is sold to a collector of my art but the print can be purchased here.
“Love Birds” these two are definitely in love singing to each other. There are hearts and music notes floating in the air. The male birds is standing with his legs jauntily crossed as they stand over their heart shaped nest with five blue eggs. Truly a match made in Heaven. The print can be purchased here.
“Striped Heart” This heart has so much bling. The background is painted in bronze and gold with xo’s all around. The multicolored stripes have different designs with rhinestones surrounding it. This print would speak volumes to someone you love. The prints can be found here.

Original Art that can only be found here.

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2019 Art Shows

This was my tent at Talbot Street Art Fair in Indianapolis last year in June. Attaching my list of shows I hope to participate in this year (2019).

Most of them I have applied to but the juries have to meet and go through the entry’s, sometimes 100’s of them. The process is that the artists submits three to five good images of their work and a booth shot. Most of the time this is done via the computer, once in a great while they have to be copied to a CD and sent via postal mail with the the paper application. We also have to submit either a 100 character or word description of our work process, the two are a very different size. A jury fee of $25.00 to $40.00 has to be submitted also.

To make an interesting art show there has to be many various kinds of art, so when the jury score the artist, the show takes so many of the top scoring artists in each of the categories. Mine is 2D Mixed Media. The juries see each artist for possibly 30 seconds to one minute, and someone reads the description. This is done on a computer projector.

Then the show also makes a wait list, where if the accepted artist cannot make it they have others to fill the spot. If you get the call that you have been accepted the artist then has to submit the booth fee which varies from $100.00 to $600.00 or more. I am renting that 10 X 10 real estate for two days to share, meet, talk about and hopefully sell my art to collectors that visit me in my booth.

Along with these expenses I also have gas, food and lodging if I am away from home. At this time I have been accepted into a few, ones that I participated in last year and they had early applications.

My show schedule is on this website on the home page. As I hear from shows, I add to the list. I really love traveling around and setting up my mini galleries. It is a lot of work, especially in the heat, but it’s fun. I do have two new fans this year, so that will make four in the tent and that will help.

Why am I telling you this information? I felt the need to make aware that bringing our art to you is not done lightly and is not inexpensive but worth it. Please support artists that put their imagination, ingenuity, heart and soul into one of a kind art work.

You will make them jump for joy! For my followers, I treasure you and thank you.

  • Great Lakes Art Fair April 13,14 Novi MI
  • Bloomfest May 18 Leo,IN
  • Round the Fountain May 25 Lafayette, IN
  • Winona Art Fair June 1 & 2 Winona, IN
  • Talbot Street June 15,16 Indianapolis, IN
  • Devils Lake (2nd) June 15 Manitou Beach, MI
  • Three Rivers Festival July 13,14 Fort Wayne, IN
  • Chesterton Art Fair Aug 3,4 Chesterton, IN
  • Satek Winery Aug. 17 Fremont, IN
  • Fourth St. Art Fair Aug 31,Sept. 1 Bloomington, IN
  • Vincolet Winery Sept. 7 Cincinnati, OH
  • Art at the Riverside Sept. 28 Leo, IN
  • Hyde Park October 6 Cincinnati, OH
  • Historic Shaw Neighborhood Oct. 5,6 St. Louis, MO
  • Renaissance at Roanoke October 12 Roanoke, IN
  • Arts and Greens Market TBA White Lake,MI

Did You Know

What archival actually means? I like to find actual definitions especially when I am blogging to make sure that I am using the right word.


ar·chi·val
/ˌärˈkīvl/
adjective
adjective: archival
relating to or constituting archives.
“the club maintains an archival research library”
(of a material such as paper) of suitable quality to be used in archives.

“the illustrations are printed with archival inks that will last about 70 years”
The second definition pertains to the reproductions that I print here in my studio.
I use Epson archival inks that are lightfast and they claim should last 200 years without much degradation. The Epson Photo Paper Luster that I use, is substantial. I like a sharp and bright print and my paintings are very colorful I have found that the Photo Paper Luster works the best. This information I found about it:

Luster finish is most easily thought of as being somewhere in between gloss and matte. Luster prints are slightly glossy, which helps enhance the image’s color and details, but also feature a very fine “texture” to help reduce problems associated with glare and fingerprints.

I like to be able to make my reproductions to easily fit ready made mattes for my customers convenience.

I use an Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer. It is wireless and can print many sizes, or canvas, which I have not tried, plus various other items.

Of course having the print completely in the sun would not prevent it from degrading, care does have to be taken with them.

You may not care if it will last 200 years or even 70 but be assured that you will be getting a quality and unique item.

I also want to let you know that when one shops online at Here’s My hART your credit card is secure. When setting up this shop I had to purchase the right to this security. You can see the lock up in the search bar. I use Square to accept the payments but Global Secure keeps the information secure through my web provider Green Geeks.

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Book Review-Without A Doubt by Marcia Clark

A few years ago I picked this book up at a used book store as you can see by the price tag of $3.00, and decided that this should be a good after Christmas read this year.

In 1995 I had a 4 year old and was a stay at home mom, so I had the time to watch “The Trial of the Century” each day and I was hooked and amazed when he was acquitted. I am still amazed after reading this book of the acquittal.

Marcia stepped away from trials after this one and she has never done another one. She also had young children at the time and was juggling motherhood, this trial, becoming a celebrity, illness, a divorce, and then her spouse filed for petition to get the children.
This is how I remember Marcia Clark in 1995, thin, now I think bordering on gaunt after reading the book, and I understand why. Such pressure this trial was and balancing everything else too.

After the trial she was offered this book deal for four million dollars. She was District Attorney for Los Angeles County, She needed the money it is not the same as having your own law practice. This trial changed her life so much, I am sorry that she only got four million. But it has led to other good things.

Here is Marcia Clark in 2016, 21 years later. She looks good! I had to study the picture before I was convinced that it was her. The trial ended on October 3, 1995 and the book was published in 1997. This book was hard for her to write, to go over the events, still recovering from her illnesses, trying to get her life back to some normalcy. She was mad, mad that the jury took race over evidence. For a trial that lasted from January 1995 to October 1995 it only took the jury 4 hours to come to a verdict.

An excerpt from the books Prologue. This book answered the questions that I have always wondered. I missed that this book came out, or I am sure that I would have read it. When I watched it on television it was broken up, and then the press conferences, it wasn’t a complete picture like this book.

Orenthal James Simpson killed his wife because he was a controlling, wife beating, narcissist. He planned the murder and poor 25 year old Ronald Goldman just happened to be at the wrong place and was murdered horrendously too. Race had nothing to do with it, but everything to do with the verdict.

Simpson had been dumped by his then girlfriend Paula Barbieri, through a voice message. Which by the way Barbieri didn’t tell that little important tid bit until the civil trial. Simpson had been ignored and not invited to dinner by his ex-wife after their child’s dance recital and he had been embarrassed. It all set him off and he planned the murder for that night.

Nicole was never able to totally get away from him like many battered women. He stalked her, watching her have sex after they were divorced, while staring though the window in the bushes. She would call the police after an episode of battering and nothing was every done. They found after her death, in a bank lock box, pictures of herself after she had been beaten. Information that she kept because she knew there was a good possibility that she would be killed and she wanted them to know who did it.

Marcia Clark has since written six other crime books and she has a show on A & E network called ; Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48. I will be tuning in for sure.

As for Simpson he was found liable in the civil trial by the Brown and Goldman family. Here is a good article about it from 1997.

In 2008 Simpson was convicted of an armed robbery in Las Vegas served 9 years of his sentence and was let out on parole in 2017. Here is a good article from the New York Times.

Also here is a pretty good article of where people are now and what they are doing. It does not talk about Nicole’s father though. He has since passed away from Alzheimers disease.

Orenthal James Simpson is now 70 years old, has now spent time in prison, owes more money than he can come up with and has been let out on parole. What is ahead for him?

Nicole Brown Simpson would now have been 59 years old

Ronald Goldman would now have been 49 years old

Two lives taken too soon and so brutally

I ate this book up and could not put it down until it was finished.