Monday, October 30, 2006

Where has the time gone?


Wow! The month is almost over and I continue to procrastinate in getting my first post completed. I don't know why I've been dragging my heels. Oh, well. . .today is the day. I'll have to take this in baby steps but I'm determined to do it! Here goes...

I had hoped to keep 'yall posted on my prep time leading up to my first ever juried art festival (43rd BLUFF PARK ART FESTIVAL). However, the event took place the first Saturday in October. I received my acceptance letter back in May and spent every waking hour, after the dreaded weekly 9 to 5 job, preparing for the one day event. To sum it all up, l'll simply say that I am encouraged to continue to participate in future art festivals (juried only). I didn't sell all of my inventory but the contacts that I made, in one day, have kept me bouyed. Networking is the key! My catagory was Printmaking: lino block relief prints. I won the Popular Choice Award. Yeah, I had my 15 minutes of fame. Although I'm passionate about needlepoint, I discovered early on that it was going to be nearly impossible to stitch and finish enough canvases to display at a festival. So, in order to get my work out there, I adapted more than a few of my original art images and converted them to block prints. I don't create cute little teddy bears or flowers; clowns or kittens. My art is southern and black (well, for those of you who NEED political correctness!) -African American- imagery.

I'm posting one of the smaller images that I created for the show. This piece is the first lino block where I included a male figure. I'm really happy with it and I think that because of it's smaller size (5 x 7) it sold well. My daughter seems to think that I should push the envelope a bit and consider selling the prints on etsy. I shudder to think of how crazy I'll be having to learn a new technical/posting system. She's much smarter than I am and it could be that I need to listen to her. We'll see. Most of my prints are 8 x 10; a couple are 9 x 12. Next time, I'll walk you thru my procedure from initial sketch to final print.

7 Comments:

Blogger Indeterminacy said...

I will keep track of your blog, with hopes that you keep up with it. I like the print you posted here.

1:06 AM  
Blogger clothes-pin said...

Yeah Riffe's mom! Keep it up and I'll keep reading!

8:05 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

Congrats on your first post and comments!

11:01 AM  
Blogger sulu-design said...

Congratulations on getting started! It's scary to me how similar your first post is to my first blog post, which I made just a few months ago. I, too, used the term "baby steps," and I also contemplated but was completely intimidated by the thought of opening up an etsy shop. Since then, I've started selling my jewelry designs on etsy and I've had a fabulous time communicating with other crafty bloggers. You're going to love this. Take it slow, all will happen in time. Enjoy!

2:34 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Congrats on your first blog and new venture! Keep going!! We are behind ya! .....

8:06 AM  
Blogger radiogirl said...

I, too, am fairly new to blogging... a few months now... but I am thoroughly enjoying it and I hope that you will too. I love the print you have up and hope you will post more. I agree that Etsy is a great way to go.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Anais Anais said...

t also, So I wish you would post more....
I read your first post about the press, so I think I will try the cheapest they have at dickblick.com since I don't carve a lot.

10:58 AM  

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