Masons for the 4th of July

As a painter I love the American Flag. I have drawn and painted the stars and stripes many times. I have always had an

obsession with jars and now painted mason jars are a big part of my business. I have been meaning to a set of American Flag mason jars  for a while, a good long while. I put it off and off. I am busy I balance orders coming in with, promoting my business and making sure I spend enough time with my adorable son. And the then the 4th of July was coming. If ever it was time it was time. They were pretty simple to do: one jar all in navy with white stars and two jars painted white with red stripes. I discovered these wonderful metallic  blue lids that looked marvelous.

I painted some white stars on some blue heritage masons and made another patriotic set.  It was lots of stars and stripes over here. If you fancy them use code Pin50 for 50% off. Till next time Melissa.

Deerfield Art Fair I was there:

Artist Diary: Deerfield Beach Art Fair

My booth at the  Deerfield Beach Art Festival

My booth at the Deerfield Beach Art Festival

The weekend of January 26 and 27th I had my own little booth at the Deerfield Beach Art Fair. Yes I was up all night finishing my original paintings, making sure my prints were done and finishing my frames etc. My ex-husband, myself and my son I arrived at 8:30. Ahh God bless them they are serving coffee and breakfast. The joint is jumping vendors are finishing up their set ups.

I am setup and ready for business. When I first applied for this event I pictured myself on the beach side of the road near the end of the road. That is exactly where I was across from a marvelous Photographer and wonderful oil and pastel Artist.

I was all set up at 9am and people were already starting to walk around and stop in.

I forgot my chair and my paints. When I am out and about in the public I like to be doing something. So I paint. People are interested in an Artist’s process and its a great way to start the conversation  That’s all great but I forgot my paints on the first day Saturday and more importantly. I forgot my chair Thankfully I had a small step stool where I perched on all day my butt wasn’t happy though.

Debut American Flags and Sugar Skulls:

Mixed Media Flag 18" x 22"

Mixed Media Flag 18″ x 22″

I have been meaning to do an Amrican Flag for a while. I finally got around to it and they were the hit of my booth. There were two in the front that people were really drawn to. I thought they wold be the first to go but it was a smaller American Flag in the back that went first.

Also Pretty Skulls made their debut. They were another crowd favorite. I was interesting to note that younger people seemed to like the Skulls verses  older people liking the Flags more.

Pretty Skulls1 18" x 22"

Pretty Skulls1 18″ x 22″

The Customers are Coming Because I told them to: How a book saved my Art Fair Experience. I have been using Alyson Stanfield’s “I would rather be in the Studio” to guide me through marketing my Art, reaching my target audience.

book I would rather be in  the studio

book I would rather be in the studio

So as the book advised I send out emails to those on my list letting  them know I would be there. I did and  guess what? 100% of  the people that purchased were from my email list. to sooooo glad I had the tools to bring my own customers  to my booth literally.

For the rest of the show I relaxed talked up a storm, beefed up my mailing list, enjoyed the delicious ocean breeze and enjoyed the live music. Now to follow up.

Goldfish on his Journey 2

Goldfish on his Journey 2 Acrylic and mixed media on wood 24″ x 24″