photo by Valerie Hesslink
Last weekend I exhibited my art at my second art fair as a printmaker. It was The Winter Art Fair Off the Square, held every year at Monona Terrace here in Madison WI. I spent the last few months getting ready for this fair, which might explain my silence in blogging and posting new work. Or producing any new work, for that matter, although I promise I have quite a few ideas coming.
I have to say the show was a success. Within the first ten minutes of the show a well-known local business owner came into my booth (with entourage) and said "I'll take that one and that one and that one and that one" and bought all four of my 3-D assemblage pieces. I wasn't sure I heard correctly but I had.
It only got better. There were times when there were so many people in my booth I had to step out as to not get trod on.
So now I am researching more art fairs for next year. I'm pretty sure there is an art fair every weekend in the summer. We shall see which ones I apply for. I know I will definitely do the Winter Art Fair Off the Square if they will have me.
I will post dates of the art fairs I'm in on the calendar page.
Yesterday was a big printing day. I stayed home all day. I made a large batch of iced tea, cranked up the music (garage rock was the choice), and printed. What you are looking at is the result. I managed to print six different linos, five of them being new. I am happy with how all of them turned out so far.
It has been a while since I have posted new work. I am looking forward to coloring these prints, once they dry, and posting them.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. This morning it is 63 degrees and a beautiful Sunday morning. The music won't be as loud and the drink of choice will be coffee, but I am once again in the studio. Carving another lino.
My dwindling stock...
After a six year hiatus from art fairs, I've once again been bitten by the art fair bug. My first was last weekend, ArtFest Midwest in Des Moines, IA. I went there with no real expectations. I wasn't sure how well I was going to do. When I did art fairs before, as a book artist, I never really did that well.
That changed this weekend. The show was an unqualified success! Surprisingly, I sold more framed pieces than unframed (which I wasn't expecting) although my frame prices are well below anything you can get done at a Michael's or what have you.
My favorite part of the show was that it's indoors. We were very happy about that when it began torrential rains outside. That didn't prevent the crowds from coming to the art fair.
I only have one more art fair for the year, Holiday Art Fair Off the Square, in November. Next year may very well be another story. I'll be sure to let you know...
I am rapidly running out of room for the framed and matted art. I am hoping that I come back from ArtFest Midwest with a lot less inventory. Keep your fingers crossed!
It has been crazy around here. I have been pre-occupied with getting ready for my first art fair as a printmaker. There's so much to do besides just printing the work. Coloring, matting, framing. I haven't taken the time, until now, to post anything. I wanted to share the progression on one of my 3-D print pieces, titled "Sun & Moon."
First, of course, I had to carve the blocks...
Then I printed them and let them dry.
Once I was satisfied with the print quality and sure the ink was dry, I hand-colored the pieces with watercolor and assembled the two pieces. The moon is raised off of the sun piece spacers made of folded Stonehenge paper. The two pieces are glued together with acid-free glue.
Then, the assemblage is mounted to mat board and spacers are glued along the edge, making a sort of box. Then the mat, which I have signed and numbered, is placed on top.
Then the whole thing is slid into a frame with acrylic sheeting for the "glass." Now, it's ready for hanging.
I think this might be a record. It took me 4 days to carve these two blocks. Oh sure, I spent almost all day Saturday on the one on the left. It was, to say the least, a bit involved.
I can hardly wait to print these. Perhaps I will start tomorrow...
I've been so busy printing the blocks I've already carved (along with matting and such) that it has been a few weeks since I've started anything new. Today seemed as good as any.
So here are the two new blocks, ready to carve. They are as yet untitled, but will come as a set. I am hoping to actually print these by tomorrow. We'll see how that goes...