After the Jackalope Art fair was finished, I got a lot of people asking, “so what’s next?” Good question. Even though the first show went really well, I’m still really nervous about putting myself out there. It’s a big investment both emotionally and financially. But as I sit here typing this, I have 4 applications for art shows and art residencies in the works. Whether or not I actually send out the applications and their fees is another story.
In addition to potentially participating in summer art fairs, I’m also working on setting up an etsy account to make it easier for people to purchase prints/paintings. Once that account is up and running I will spread the good news.
2nd day of Jackalope with my biggest cheerleader/booth engineer
Resolution Bowl. 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 8×10
The best part about the Jackalope Art fair was the feedback I got from people. I got a lot of great responses for all of my work, but the pieces that people liked the most (and that sold best) were my black and white mountain paintings/prints. That made me incredibly happy. My black and white mountains have really been my true style, but I began to doubt if people would be receptive to these pieces. After seeing that strangers actually do really like my mountains, I can get back to working more on these pieces in the new year. It was almost fitting that the first painting I completed in 2017 is of Resolution Bowl at Copper Mountain.
Time to go on even more trips to the mountains!
In the months leading up the Jackalope Art Fair, I worked on an array of ornaments to sell. Below are samples (not all) of the ornaments that I sold at the fair. Ornaments were a hit since it was the holiday season, they were cheaper price points, and each was hand painted originals.
The Square ornaments were painted canvas superglued to little wooden polaroid-looking frames. I then used holiday washi tape to cover the backs. I think they turned out really well, but probably should have reinforced the tape with superglue as well.
Can’t wait to work on more ornaments for next Christmas!
2.5×3 canvas ornaments
The wooden round ornaments were directly painted on with a label, year, and signature on the back.
round wood ornaments