Friday, December 30, 2011

Getting Ready for the 2012 Art Show Season

Art shows are a lot of hard work. After every show I am exhausted, and I get the feeling that I could be doing much better. This year I am planning on really researching the best shows, and putting forward my absolute best effort to capture attention and make a good profit.


My plan is to join a few local organizations and clubs, this is a great way to find quality art shows and to connect and share with other artists. You can learn so much by speaking with other artists and crafters. It is a good circle of friends to have. Shows can be found on line also of course. My plan is to have a show every other weekend. Every weekend would be too much for me and I should spend some weekend time with my little ones. 
I think it is a very good idea to post your show schedule on your blog, your facebook and to let all of your friends and family know. A great idea is to have a mailing list and to send an email out at the beginning of each month to let people know where you will be and when. You could include a link to the show's website and directions. To get people to sign up for your newsletter, you could leave a book out at shows and ask people to write their name and email address. If you want, you could give incentive. I may give a small print or a glass magnet to each person who signs up. On line I have blog contests and that seems to work well. I am always telling people about my mailing list, otherwise they forget about me. I can remind them that I exist and let them know about promotions, shows and new art.
Make sure that you have enough business cards and packaging to wrap your goodies in for your customers. Make sure everything is cohesive. You don't want to have a pink and green business card and blue packaging. Think of coca cola, everything is black and red. Pick a logo and colors and stick with them.

Something that I sometimes conveniently forget, is the condition of your vehicle. Is your car road ready? If you are traveling far, will your car make it? Is everything going to fit? I have a teeney jetta, and it's a squeeze, but somehow everything fits.
Your tent and tables should be clean and attractive. People will only stop at your tent if it captures their attention, and even then will only stay for about a minute. You MUST get their attention and you MUST have unique and high quality products. Sorry if this offends anyone, but everyone that I have met that buys handmade does so because they want something unique. People will not return to you if your product falls apart right after they buy it. When you create, the question should be, would I buy this? Bright colors really capture attention, below is a great example.


Talking to people is very important, a simple "Hi" will not do. As a matter of fact, I would avoid saying "Hi". I feel that it scares people off. Instead if you notice that someone is looking at one of your paintings, start a conversation about that, or even about the show. Make it a point to be friendly and talk to everyone that looks at your stuff. It is important to smile and be positive. If you are shy - pretend to be someone who is very outgoing.


Make a list of things to bring. On this list should be the obvious, such as your art or crafts, displays and props, but also lunch, water to drink, change for customers, aspirin and chairs.


If you go to many art shows, make sure that you keep creating and try to change things up a bit. This keeps things fresh and appealing.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

January's Newsletter

Thank you for reading January's Newsletter!!!
December's paintings
"Aradia" ACEO

"Pink Spring" 12X12 Oil
My personal favorite:
This painting above is my favorite because I really stepped outside of my comfort zone and did something that wasn't really my "style", and I was very pleased with the results. Click the link to see what the words say.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Newest Paintings and You Tube Video

Newest paintings!!
Don't forget to enter my blog contest - win any painting in my shop! Enter HERE.

"Waiting for Spring" 12X12" oil on masonite
"Spark" 8X10" oil on masonite



I want to start posting a video every Monday. These are some of the paintings I have completed in the past year or so. The video isn't the best, I am aware. Hopefully I will get better at making videos with practice.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Blog Contest for January

Blog Contest For January:
Win ANY painting in my shop right now!!! Visit my shop
As you do the following, please comment on this blog post which of the “entries” you have
done. It is very important that you comment on the blog post above, it is much easier for me to keep track that way.
All you have to do is the following. Each of the below counts for 1
entry. Of course the more entries you have, the greater your chances of
winning.
1. Follow this blog.
2. Heart my shop
3. Follow on Twitter
4. Become a fan on Facebook
5. Sign up for my Newsletter, just e mail me at RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com with "Newsletter" in the subject line (news letter is only sent out once a monthon the first by email, and you can ask me to stop sending it at any time)
6. Email me a suggestion on how you would RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com improve my shop, or an idea for a new painting or a marketing suggestion
Winner is chosen at random and announced on the first day of the month.
Thank you and good luck!!!!

My New Apartment

I moved into my brand new place on December 7th, I am in LOVE. This apartment has never been lived in, the refrigerator has never had food in it, no one has ever used the shower. It has a balcony - always wanted one.
So, because I have always wanted one, and it seems the easier "room" to do. I would like to have most of the decor be handmade. However, it is lacking in personality. I have decided that I am going to add some funkiness to it, make it mind.
This is my balcony now:



As you can see, not exactly dazzling.
However, when I get done the goal is for every room to have a gypsy/bohemian/an artist must live here feel to it.
I like the thought of this low table and the cushions to sit on, perhaps for the kids. I can have my girl Shannon sew them for me.
i have always loved prayer flags, and although I am not the best seamstress, I think these will be easy enough to construct.

For the table, I am thinking hand painted, perhaps tarot or zodiac themed.
LOVE LOVE LOVE these mushroom things. Unsure of where to get them, but the search is on!!! Of course I will have plenty of plants out there, once the weather permits.

I like the idea of using an old ladder for plant shelves - very nice.
For privacy, the plan is to have drapes of fabrics that will close around the deck, but that allow light in and can be opened.
I can not tell you how much I love mason jar candle holders. So simple and yet beautiful.

The colors in this are gorgeous, and the idea of something large enough to lie down on really gets me excited!
I do love those colors, but i equally love something like this:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Finished this yesterday. I wanted a reminder of how wonderful it is to be a woman. The inspiration came from a photo taken in 1910 of a nude gypsy woman. I am in love with the photograph, so I decided to give it a new twist. I added color, lots of red hair, green scenery and runes. The message written around her is:
"All things come into being through the creative feminine। Mother, daughter, Goddess, Queen, lover, beloved, priestess, wise woman, warrioress. Honor the Divine Feminine within always. The light of Goddess is within, shine bright. All is well."
Blog Contest For January:
Win ANY painting in my shop right now!!! Visit my shop
As you do the following, please comment on this blog post which of the “entries” you have
done. It is very important that you comment on the blog post above, it is much easier for me to keep track that way.
All you have to do is the following. Each of the below counts for 1
entry. Of course the more entries you have, the greater your chances of
winning.
1. Follow this blog.
2. Heart my shop
3. Follow on Twitter
4. Become a fan on Facebook
5. Sign up for my Newsletter, just e mail me at RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com with "Newsletter" in the subject line (news letter is only sent out once a monthon the first by email, and you can ask me to stop sending it at any time)
6. Email me a suggestion on how you would RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com improve my shop, or an idea for a new painting or a marketing suggestion
Winner is chosen at random and announced on the first day of the month.
Thank you and good luck!!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Giving Myself an Hour

I am always covered in paint. I can't help it, don't even know how it happens. I will start a project and within twenty minutes I have paint on my hands, face, clothes and in my hair.

Giving Myself an Hour

I believe that there are certain things that you can only learn by doing. Painting is one of them. In the many years that I have been painting, one of the most valuable tools, if not THE most valuable tool, has been the painting of quick studies. I used to give myself the entire day to complete a painting, but I learned that I can learn so much more about “editing” a painting by allowing myself only one hour in which to complete a simpler painting. This is not about creating extraordinary paintings, but about learning what to keep and what not to keep, and forcing myself to make quick decisions has been such a great tool. I highly recommend this to artists, whether you be a beginner or if you have been painting for many years, allowing yourself only an hour to complete a painting will tremendously help your technique and improve your skills.
Tips:
* Get a timer, set it for 60 minutes and DO NOT go over the 60 minutes. Even if your painting isn’t completely finished, you must discipline yourself to stay within the hour.

* Start with a small painting surface. I wouldn’t go any larger than 8X10” at first

* Keep your palette simple. If you try to get too colorful, you will end up complicating a painting that was meant to remain simple.

* Practice everyday, don’t give up. I promise that you will be richly rewarded.

Other recent paintings:






Blog contest for January:

Win ANY painting in my shop right now!!! Visit my Shop
As you do the following, please comment on this blog post which of the “entries” you have done.
All you have to do is the following:
Each of the below counts for 1 entry. Of course the more entries you have, the greater your chances of winning.
1. Follow this blog.
2. Heart my shop
3. Follow on Twitter
4. Become a fan on Facebook
5. Sign up for my Newsletter (only sent out once a month by email)
6. Email me a suggestion on how you would improve my shop, or an idea for a new painting or a marketing suggestion (new email address just for this purpose)
Winner is chosen at random on the last day of the month and announced on the first of
Thank you and good luck!!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Beautiful Sky

Knight of Wands Upright - A lover of action, this is the card of someone who has a well-liked, energetic, confident, but sometimes unpredictable nature. He has an engaging temperament and his actions sometimes a little swift do tend to make sense with hindsight.


Two of Cups Upright - Affection, love, the beginnings of a new romance, partnership or friendship. Emotional affinity, sympathy, joyous harmony, the reconciliation of opposites in mutual trust. Resolved differences.

Ace of Wands Ill Dignified or Reversed - Bareness, impotence, sterility, avarice, greed. An over confidence that ends in tears. In a woman's spread this card may indicate trouble with men.

The sky was absolutely beautiful yesterday at sunset. This photo just doesn't do it any justice at all. The entire sky was shades of pink and purple. It was so distracting while I was driving and I couldn't help but wonder if anyone else was noticing it. I just pulled over and took a picture.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Journal Page

I love flowers of all kinds. It is everything about them, the color, the smell, the shape. They are a beauty that nothing synthetic could ever duplicate. I wanted to emphasize the need to pay attention to the small things and take your time to appreciate the beautiful things all around you. Simple is lovely.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Little Bird at my Window Art Journal Page

My friend Shannon and I were cleaning my apartment, when a bird randomly came up to my window and knocked on it, then stayed for a moment. I believe in signs and I would like to know what he had to tell us.

I have been painting in oils for many years now, and really have only used watercolors for my journal. However, Shannon has been using watercolors a lot lately and I figured that I would give them a try. So here is my tree:

"End of Autumn" 8X10" Watercolor Painting

http://www.etsy.com/listing/85043043/end-of-autumn-original-watercolor-8x10

$20.00

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My New Apartment

I am moving in a few days to an apartment that has never been lived in before. Everything in it is copletely new, never been used. I am very excited. However ... I really like old houses with character and uniqueness, and this is an apartment that is in a complex with hundreds of other apartments that are exactly like it. I need to make it my own somehow. So, I am doing so the only way that I know how, I am going to create everything in my home. I am going to paint everything, and anything else that I can do to make it my own.
I just adore bright color. I have included these photos for some inspiration. I'm not sure exactly what I will be doing just yet, but it will be colorful and uniquely me.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Joy in the Small Things


Lately I have been in a spinning state of mind.I have been in my own head, living in moments that happened years ago or years from now. It has been so difficult for me to stay present, which is of course when and where life is, so I haven't really been living in the past week or so.
However, on this day I decided to be fully present, as much as possible anyway. This is difficult for me, especially lately. I have been in a fog of obsessive thoughts. Over and over the same things pop up, driving me absolutely crazy. Of course, the more I try to resist this, the more I obsess.
Shannon and I took the kids to my parents, which is always an adventure. With Shannon, even a trip to the gas station is hilarious.
At the gas station in my too-tight clothes. It is all that I have, I have to do laundry :/ Thankful for my goofy friend, always making me laugh.My Clayton is getting SO big, I can't believe that he is almost 15 and so tall. Such a good kid too, smart and sweet. A very old soul. I am thankful for his wise words - Mr. Capricorn - sometimes more responsible than I.
Wesley is my little baby, he is simply amazing how he grows each day. He is so squishy and each day reminds me that I need to appreciate the little things. I am thankful for his reminders to pay attention to small and beautiful things.
My mom and dad's house is my home, and always will be. When I dream of home, I dream of this house. Thank you for providing me with an anchor and a safe haven.
Selene is my only girl and I love sharing feminine things with her. She brings out the girl in me. She is so kind and sensitive and really cares about others. Thank you Beanie for always reminding me to consider the feelings of others and reminding me to be compassionate.
I love my mom and dad's view. This reminds me of my connection to my childhood and I am very thankful of my connection to my roots and the base of who I am.
My mom gave me these shoes, and you can say that I am too old to be wearing Chucks - but I am very thankful for them - they make me feel a little unique and "off beat".
I am very thankful for the peace that comes over me when I take the kids for a walk by the water. There are so many beautiful things there, tiny and big.
Wesley collects dead sea creature parts. I must admit, I am not very thankful for that :)
I think bees are beautiful. I have had them land and stay on me and I am unafraid. I have only been stung twice in my life - both times because I sat on one, so I don't blame the bees. I am thankful for the little buzzing noises they make and the busy ness of them.
So thankful for playful moments. Life is a series of moments. Moments should be made pleasant and fun.
I found this amazing leaf. I love the intricacy of this, the laciness and golden glow of it. I am thankful that I recognize that beauty is where you find it.

Thank you for the pretty red color of my hair in the sun.
I am extremely close to my dad - definitely a daddy's girl. I am so thankful that we talk every day.
The path in the back of my mom's house is lovely. There is so much to see. I am thankful for how quiet this place is, and how clearly I can think when I walk this path.

I am thankful for reminders that the micro reflects the macro. As it is above and outside of ourselves so it is below and inside of ourselves.
So grateful for how close Shannon and I are. We are closer than any sisters I have ever met, she has always been there for me and I have no doubt that we will always be close.
My mom is honest with me, but always patient through all of my insane rantings. Thank you mom for always reminding me of my priorities and giving me the very best of you.
Thank you for warm fall days around the fire with my family and friends. I love all of you.
Thank you for the fire and the hypnotic state you induce in me. The peace of mind you give me is undeniable.
Thank you for everything in my life that is good, that helps me to grow as a person. Thank you for my beautiful life, the direction I am headed in is perfect for me.