Today was my little art business in the great outdoors. I planned the layout of the tent a few nights before, such as where to put the tables, include my easel so I could paint in front of everyone, and everything else that fell into place. Though it was sunny and 70, and there was a decent crowd, most were lookers or as vendors call them “nibblers”. Nothing wrong with that, but we vendors like to have nibblers become buyers, nothing personal. Maybe the prices were high, or they weren’t ready to purchase a work of art, who knows. Most vendors didn’t do that well either. Strangely, I would have in the past, become bitter after the show, but I was feeling good about myself. I learned certain things about myself during the course of the day.
Just be yourself and keep the faith were the best advice I received from another vendor. What else can you do, act like a used car salesman? I’m not selling cars though and I don’t want to come across as a salesman. Sure I have to talk to potential customers, but I want to be cool, happy and loose. It helped that I brought my easel to paint today. I was enjoying the process of painting oils on an existing acrylic landscape. I call the finished painting “Green and Blue” and I’ll post it soon. I was focusing more on textures and colors, and ysed my water-soluable oils. They sure cleaned easy too. I was working on and off during the course of the day, wasn’t sure how many people were watching me paint. But to me it was better than just staring at people all day long.
I wanted people to know I’m a working artist, and doing the easel demo really lifted my spirits, and I felt I was myself and not nervous at all. It was good medicine for the mind and soul. And I came away with a little hope that things will improve, because I made it the best day I could. Hopefully the sales will come soon enough. I just have to keep the faith.