Friday, July 23, 2010

Good Karma

Small work sold at opening reception

Winner of the Marian Court College Award, yours truly

Only a few award winners attended last night's reception - Me, Clayton Curtis, and Carmela Martin

Last night was the opening reception for the Swampscott Arts Association summer show. It was the first time the SAA held a summer show and the theme "small works" was encouraged but not required. I decided to submit 3 smaller encaustic works because I am now ready to share what I have been learning how to do the past year (mixed media encaustic image transfers), and I was pleasantly surprised with not just being an award recipient but with an art sale too! This positive feedback was the exact encouragement I needed as I am about to expose the public to my year long series of encaustic works. The fall Paradise City show over Columbus Day weekend requires planning even now, figuring out display space and how many pieces I will be able to fit comfortably in my booth. The small works are an attractive price-point ($75 in the shadowbox frame) and based on the success from last night's show, I will continue to build my small works inventory. I know what I will be doing over the next few weeks!

I wonder if any other of my artist friends are finding smaller works as a better direction for art sales these days. Any thoughts?


  1. Hi Robin - I can see why your piece won a prize and sold - it's gorgeous. A very different look for encaustic - just beautiful. I can't wait to see them in person. Congratulations again.

  2. Oh forgot to mention that I do see a leaning towards small works. Maybe just the economy or a shift in culture....more personal.

  3. Congratulations, Robin! This is well deserved. I've been admiring this new direction you've been following and I'm glad to know others feel the same way. Of course, how could they not?

    I've been painting a lot of smaller works this year. I use it as an exercise tool and have been blessed to have sold a couple of them.


  4. Congratulations on both your award and art sale. Your work is so creative and I know you'll have a good response when you get your year's worth of work out to the public.

  5. Thanks for the feedback, everyone...
    Terry, you should try and visit me at the Columbus Day weekend show in Northampton. You would definitely enjoy seeing everything at the show, it's like a day at a museum.

    Don, I think right now it's important to offer the smaller, lower price points in order to continue to have art sales. At least I am hoping so!

    Nancy, I have slowly been exposing this new body of work to the public and getting positive feedback definitely helps me want to continue to do so.

    I am like a big fish in a small sea in my little town but eventually I think we all need to challenge ourselves to more, but there is always risk involved, which is why I will still have the security of my watercolor paintings along side these new encaustic works when I bring them to the show.