As far as painting subjects go, this time of year can be overwhelming. The weather has been wonderful for going out into the countryside to paint plein air and my backyard is full of beautiful flowers demanding to be painted. What makes it even worse is the realization that the grey days of fall/winter/spring are not far away. What's a frantic artist to do?
I've discovered our fence is a good place to prop up a painting for a quick photo. :)
This is Sunday's demo from the festival. The flowers are geraniums from my backyard meant for decorating the booth. On Saturday, I kept noticing them while I was painting the pears. On Sunday, I could resist no longer.
They have a lot of extra room in front of the booths to set up for a demo. Notice the geraniums have been whisked out of the booth and into a shadow box to pose for my painting. :)
Just before the festival ended I ran down to see the tall ships.
My husband, Don, loading up the truck after the festival ended. Thank you, Don!
Wow! Another successful festival! I can't hardly believe my good fortune. A great thing about this festival was seeing many people I knew. A few of them I hadn't seen in years! It was wonderful visiting with old and new friends. A very big thank you to everyone who decided to give one of my little paintings a good home. And a HUGE thank you to my family for working hard the second weekend in a row.
On Sunday, the Everett Farmers Market became part of the festival. This was my favorite booth. :)
Saturday I painted standing in the sun. Holy cow that was hot and uncomfortable. In desperation, I asked Don to figure out a way to set up my plein air umbrella on the pavement. He definitely came through! Below is Don setting up his new invention. It worked like a charm! I am sooooo grateful for my clever husband.
Still working with the things I learned in Lisa Gloria's workshop. This is another rose from the Antique Rose Farm.
Just about ready for the next art festival. My daughter Anika and I will be putting our shingle out at the Fresh Paint Festival on the waterfront in downtown Everett. This is a terrific little art festival where the artists will be out demonstrating their craft. I currently have plans to paint a still life of pears. Everyone loves pears, right?
If you would like more info on this festival click here. My recommendation is to come a few minutes before it opens. There should still be plenty of parking right next to the festival. After perusing the booths and admiring the sailboats have lunch at one of several great restaurants right there. Sunday there will also be a farmers market at one end of the festival. So much to do! :)
Terrific news! The art festival went great! It was a lot of work but I sold many paintings and met all kinds of wonderful people. A big thank you to everyone who decided to take one or sometimes up to six paintings of mine home. A HUGE thank you to my family for all of their help. I couldn't have done it without you guys!
A peak at the interior of my booth.
My daughter, Anika, behind the counter wrapping, packing and ringing up customers. She was great!
The view outside my booth.
And finally, me, working on the painting at the top of this post. The fesitival ended up being a really positive experience. I hope they let me come back next year! Now it's all about getting ready for the Fresh Paint Festival this weekend in Everett. Off to work!
Putting the ideas to work that I learned in Lisa Gloria's online workshop.
Frantically packing for the Coupeville Arts Festival this weekend. I applied all the way back in February, was notified I was on the wait list in May and then a week and a half ago was told I was in! Thankfully, I was mostly ready since I will be in another art festival next weekend. I've sold some of my daily paintings at farmer's markets before but this is my first art festival, so I'm pretty nervous. Cross fingers for me that all the work and expense will be worth it!
This gorgeous spot is near a popular campground north of Roslyn. I spent a lovely morning here painting with friends. Little did I know how close I had come to disaster. I left the group early to get ready for an art reception. A text message informed me that my dear friend Nancy had spotted and retrieved my paint box and umbrella (which I didn't even know I'd forgotten yet) left high on the boulder I had been perched on painting. Considering how much money was invested in my paint box and umbrella I will be forever grateful!!!
My friend Nancy in Roslyn. Thank you, Nancy, for your love of swimming and keen eye!
We painted at the South Cle Elum Depot a couple of times during our visit. You will enjoy this great little park if you have any interest at all in railroad history. There is a restored depot along with some old train cars scattered about. There is even a railroad B&B at the park were you can spend the night in a renovated caboose car. Can't wait to try that sometime! The Depot is part of Iron Horse State Park, an old railway line that has been turned into a hundred mile bike/walking path. Can't wait to try that too. :)
If you would like more info on this park click here. Or if you would like to check out the Iron Horse Inn Bed and Breakfast click here.