Watercolor and Encaustic Paintings
Paradise City Fine Arts and Craft Show
My paintings are selected, framed, priced, and will be loaded up tomorrow. My display panels, lighting, hanging system, and sales supplies are about to be loaded today. And I ask myself, what have I forgotten! The location of the March Paradise City show is a commutable distance from my home which means each night I will be back here and if I forgot to bring something I will have the luxury of retrieving it over night. Part of my preparation requires organizing in my mind what I will want to fit and hang in my booth space but it always takes me hours to find the proper spacing for each artwork once my panels are up. If I am lucky, by day 2 of the show that "feng shui" will be found.
I always print out thumbnails of my work (images above) before the show, but until I am actually setting up I can't be sure of anything. Size does NOT translate, although each time I do a show I refine my process. This time I have created pre-printed price tags with medium and title information for each painting, something I have hand written in the past, sometimes using business cards (too distracting from the actual art) or on plain rectangular stickers (I decided this was too sloppy looking). In the end, none of it really matters to the patron that falls in love with the art. I guess I do all of this obsessing for me.