I sure put my dear sweet husband through the wringer this past weekend. In addition to helping me with my booth setup and takedown, and helping my daughter with her tent, there was also this little project I somehow forgot I volunteered him for: assembling the 20 canvases of this group project securely into one piece. Which means he/we had very little time to figure out a method. And a few people were late turning their squares in, so it was getting done at the very last minute. Then, after it was discovered 3 of them were turned the wrong way (totally my fault), he got to take it partially apart and fix it. Boy is it ever a good thing he loves me!
The end result is pretty cool, imho. And as always, lessons were learned for next time.
Well it's over. My first venture into the art fair circuit with my own booth has come and gone without any major glitches, and with many lessons learned. I got plenty of compliments on my booth and my artwork, which felt really good, and the overall experience was very enjoyable - but I just need to say, art fairs are exhausting.
Today I am back at work and don't have much time to write, more to come in the next couple days but for now just a few photos.
Something new we are trying this year during Art on Nepessing St. is a collaborative art project. An image of a well-known painting will be divided into sections for various "volunteer artists" to paint onto individual canvases, without knowing what they are painting. At the end all the canvases are assembled and the final work is revealed.
Here are a couple of examples on educational sites for kids. The methods used are a little different but the idea is the same:
Masterpiece Mosaics - Teach Kids Art blog
Remixed Masterpiece - the Art of Education
My friend Marianna and I have volunteered to choose the image, which is turning out to be trickier than expected. It has to be in the public domain, meaning no copyright laws pertain to its use, and be available online at a high enough resolution to enlarge for printing. It has to divide up nicely into a grid of standard-size small canvases, with enough interest in every section of the painting so some artists don't end up with all one color or something similarly un-fun. And the individual squares shouldn't give away the identity of the artwork too easily.
It seems like VanGogh is popular for this type of project, so I don't want to use any Van Gogh work. Hmm .... I wonder what we'll end up with ....
I just submitted my entry for the 2015 Art on Nepessing Art Walk and Art Fair. I participated in the art walk the past two years and think this is a great event for our little downtown. Last year I had some additional artwork for sale in the main art tent during the 2-day art festival and actually sold a few. So this year I am going to make the leap to setting up my own booth - eek! - there's always a bit of anxiety with every "first", but I feel ready to give it a try.
This year I am donating an acrylic painting based on a photograph I found online by Ron Perkins. I didn't know the photographer's name when I made the painting. Then after it was finished I got involved in an online discussion on copyright. The general consensus was that using photos from the internet for study and practice is fine but if you intend to sell the finished piece you need the photographer's permission - especially of they make money off their photos. So I tracked down the photographer using google image search and sent him a message asking for permission to use his artwork.
That was about a month ago. No reply. So now what do I do? I could keep the painting ... but gawd, I am starting to accumulate quite an inventory and really need to get rid of some. I could give it as a gift to someone ... or, it could be my contribution for this year's art walk. All the pieces in the art walk get auctioned off at the end of art festival. So there will be money made from it, but it won't go to me, it will go to the Center for the Arts which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. It seems like a good solution.