Just one of the small squares used as a title on my small journals. I'm loving this morning. Sitting at the computer, coffee in hand thinking about 100 things.
I woke up to a solid stream of rain. This caused me to check in with California. I live in Arizona, but I am a native Californian. In Morgan Hill, they've opened the spillway at Anderson Dam. We lived across the valley, so on the rare times this happened it was exciting to watch the water. This morning I was reading about a 33 year old guy who lives directly below it; pretty scary considering the rains haven't stopped. The sad thing is the State has restricted the collection of water to 68.9% of the reservoirs capacity until 2024 when scheduled renovation should be complete. Guaranteed the area will be faced with a draught sooner than later.
Yesterday I was in recovery mode from Friday, which as I wrote was a great day; but I was really tired. To anyone who thinks they might enjoy the "craft-fair" circuit, I want to share. When I did the first event with Kim Heinz, I had no clue. She did a wonderful job of putting together the booth, but my stuff really didn't show well ~ my fault. Then I did two Briar Patch events, and had benefit of long time event planner Jeannie Cueto. I switched from white to black table cloths, I moved my tables to the front, because no one will cross you to come into look. At the end of the Briar Patch Horizon event, I'd done well enough that inventory was depleted. This is a real problem for those of us who make their own stuff. I went into this last show at the Cotton Gin with a fraction of what I needed. Truth told, the rain has been my friend.
There is a trial and error period in making craft fairs work. Anyone who speaks differently is yanking your chain. i.e. I know that my mixed media pieces sell, I know that some books sell, but I found out this weekend that my small journals that are so much fun for people like me, are a mystery to the general public; marketing, marketing, marketing. Now that it is all over, I realize that on every level, I failed to plan. Yes , PLAN my 2017 little word. OMG, I need to spend the next seven months planning and working. The idea is to be comfortable with what I'm doing, not rushed when I do my next event at the Big Tin Cotton Gin in October.
I need to build some things for my booth; a way to hang my pictures ~ my preference is a box-wall. I need a work station that I can park at the back of my booth to hold all the stuff you need to make a sale. I want to build my own, with a little help from Ted. I want a directors chair, and I'd like to introduce some large plants and repurposed furniture that I can use for display, but also sell. I also need to expand what I'm doing. Miranda Edeny and ArtVenture were so inspiring. In my down time I've decided I need to stalk vintage markets for stuff that can be up-cycled or turned into a mixed media pieces. That little pig I did has left me with all kinds of ideas.
As for life on the Riviera, it is good. Jen is now 6 months pregnant and doing well. In March, Erin ,Dev and I will be traveling to Alabama, a great place for junk-yard treasures. We are there for a week and then back to the grind until the end of May when baby Bean will make his arrival. We are so exited.
My grandson Dev, such a great kid, loves to throw the football with Ted, has A's and B's in school and he is in the midst of doing a mixed media piece with me; well rounded, which in my world is the best you can ask for. We still share our love of all things tech, and he is a lifesaver at getting me through changes in MineCraft. MineCraft has some beautiful new stuff to build with.
Erin has hit what I consider her busy time; parent teacher conferences and end of year events. She is enjoying her kids. She is working on several different things that are the promise of big change in her life; fingers-crossed.
Ted is filling his time with another backyard addition - he's building a fountain. He too is watching the weather, totally excited by all this rain. Water moves the gold, and between the rain and snow, there is lots of it.
I feel as though this weekend which means little to most is a milestone. It truly is the start of my new year. My hope is that this very lengthy post from the Riviera finds all of you well and that as you make your way, you ENJOY!
I've been rained out. Most of my Big Tin Cotton Gin folks are still at the event, but I was outside, very much in the open and had to call it off knowing that my paper goods wouldn't handle the weather. I'm so glad I did. It has been raining since I got up this morning.
There is a chance that things might clear tomorrow, and I could go back. Weighing my options, I feel as though it is time to move on. I did really well on day one. I'm comfortable with this venue and have already committed to Oct-Dec. The owner and vendors are wonderful. I was next to the kettle corn ~ awesome. Diane took a picture yesterday, that made me laugh. It actually looked like I might be at the corner of Riggs and the 347 hawking my wares in the desert. Not so! Some of the vendors opted to stay home and out of the wind and rain. Smart, but I did have a great day yesterday.
There is so much to do at Bloomingayls; the number one priority is to finish a baby book that is promised before I head to Alabama. I have two books sold, going to cousins, and I don't want them to be alike. I'm using this tag as the title; function and art. It doesn't get any better.
Also want to give a shout out to Glitz Design that created the beautiful background paper. Can't forget the great Prima giveaways from Art Venture that also show up in this tag. These products made being creative so much easier. Remember tag when you're stumped for a page title and ENJOY!
I have this piece sitting on our credenza, and I have to say no picture will do it justice. I'm drawn to it every time I pass by.
I have done a series of color studies, but this royal blue is a first. The turquoise-teal hues in the right lower corner make a good contrast. Pulling it together, I did add a touch of green to break things up. All in all it is striking and will be for sale next weekend at the Cotton Gin.
Texture, can't get enough of it! Yesterday I pulled out a background canvas I'd done using a tri-tone of Silks. To it I added a stenciled image, thank you Dina Wakely using gel medium infused with rust and gold fine glitter. Generally I let the back ground guide my creative process, and I no idea where this piece was going.
With all the cool rusted pieces I've been seeing on Instagram, I wanted to incorporate some of Finnabair's Rust Paste on the canvas. Not sure of the process, I turned to You-Tube and found that pieces I liked the best had additional layer's of texture added to the gesso. I combined Finnabair's Mini Art Stones along with texture powder to my current favorite, Jerry's Artarama gesso.
This is what I got. .
Phenomenal. . .look at the metal flowers on the right and left. . .look at the beads and the heavy coat of gesso that is the result of the texture powder. I loved this so much, I was afraid to start adding the color.
I got over that quickly and OMG. . .hope you ENJOY!