A painter of color and joy…
Virtu Art in Wilcox Park-WHAT A DELIGHT! This is where I spent last Saturday, strolling around with the fabulous Sue, ogling diverse, creative treasures. We were both immediately drawn to a fantastic mixed media painting of a bird’s nest as we walked into the park by
Carol Sokolowski I couldn’t resist buying one of her smaller, original watercolors of a similar nest. Her motto is, “everyone can afford and original” and I must say at these prices I felt like she was giving them away, knowing how long it takes me to to paint even a small painting. We continued to shop our flip flops off walking around, devouring everything from jewelry to paintings, forgetting entirely about lunch and meeting our friend Steve who was graciously mulling about the show, creating a magical video of the event (coming soon!).
Last year was the first time I had been to the Virtu Art show and regretted not buying a painting by Michael Bryce. He is a charming (and cute!) painter who graciously took the time to answer my many questions about the different art shows he does, the studio where he works and the book he illustrated. I loved his bright, splashy sunflowers and hoped he would be at Virtu this year. It was my lucky day! He had SO many gorgeous paintings! I longed for the large sunflower painting you can see in the picture (look to the top, left side of his booth) but will have to wait until I save a few more pennies. It had “unfinished” quality that drew me in, intentionally leaving some of the pencil lines visible. I am always intrigued by the creative process and really liked how this painting conveyed this. Although the large canvas will have to wait, I did buy a smaller, sassy sunflower painting, which I LOVE. I can’t wait to find the perfect spot for it!
I must admit I had a hidden agenda going to Virtu, wanting to do a little “research” to see if art shows were a good venue for my work as I try to decipher who my audience is. It was nice to hear vendors freely sharing which shows are their favorites and why. Now, if I could just learn how to NOT spend all my money. I try to fool myself that it is “in the name of research” but I am onto myself!
I wondered if you could help me with my “research” by sharing your thoughts about where my art may “fit.” What are YOUR experiences with art shows? What kinds of booths have left an impression on you? and why? I appreciate your help!
p.s. Here is a great link I found to an artist checklist for outdoor shows if you were ever considering doing one yourself.