Been working really hard over here, until the wee hours on many many nights over the last few weeks. Of course I don't get to paint in daylight so it took a mammoth effort to finish this work. I gave myself a mini deadline, the Henley Spring Fair last Saturday. I wanted to take a bunch of new work with me to share & I needed to get pieces resolved & done so that I had some work to send to an upcoming exhibition in QLD. Promise more details on that soon! So it was good to have an initial date to work to, to keep me on track and focussed. I am now working to finish off my exhibition pieces and have a deadline for that too!
Anyway market was great. To set the scene, it was my nephews & nieces little primary school spring fair. Lots of rides, food, various small stalls sharing their wears. It was not an art market. I have never taken my paintings to any market before & I don't have any future plans to do so. Leaving the family for an entire day, doesn't suit us and I find I am happy with the ongoing trickle of sales I get through ETSY, which does fit nicely around our full schedule.
So, that said, I thought the spring fair was brilliant! And very worthwhile my going! I had lots of interest, made my stall fee back many times over in sales, have several commission enquiries AND made some lovely contacts here locally, fellow artists, that I am super keen on making further contact with. So there you go!
I have had other approaches for markets here in Adelaide but it would need to be a very special set of circumstances for me to do another. I won't say never, but mostly my answer will be no. Exhibitions, YES! I would love to have one for my work sometime in the near future, just my work, when I feel I have the right mix of work to share. For now, I am so very happy here on my blog & in my ETSY and having this other upcoming exhibition in QLD which I know will be fabulous! You should see the line up of artists!
OK, so I have lots to upload to ETSY over the next few nights. There will be a mix of prints & originals. Lots of new. Some finished off or reworked older pieces. Some sold originals now available as prints. Really enjoyed doing this work. I've been sketching Blythe dolls too for quite awhile. Very happy to finally get some onto canvas! Fun!
Happy to put reserves on anything if needed.
Thanks for looking!