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Friday, December 6, 2013

What Artists Will Do


Artists are funny people. We will set up our wares almost anywhere, at any time, in hopes that somebody will come and look at it. 
The Holiday Sale at the art club is scheduled to open tomorrow, the very day that the storm is scheduled to arrive in Cincinnati. Yet, there we were carefully arranging our displays, thinking optimistically that all manner of shoppers would be flocking to this little out-of-the-way building in a quiet, residential corner of the city. The funniest part about it, though, is that regardless of the storm, the cold, and the location... I'm still excited about participating and having my work on display among all the other artists. I don't really care how many people show up to see it, or if anything sells. That would be nice, yes, but the true satisfaction comes from the process leading up to the sale. It just makes me feel good to DO it. 
Each artist was allotted a five-foot space, so I hung only my pen and ink drawings done on antique envelopes. It made a nice little vintage-shop array, I thought.
I also used parts of antique envelopes to make gift tags, and included one with each framed drawing. The postmarks on the gift tags are dated in 1942 from Cincinnati, and many have war bond advertisements. I thought they would be something fun.
I did all that yesterday, before the storm hit. Today I'm going to stay inside, safe and warm, and imagine all those shoppers clamoring to buy a piece of artwork. 
(I hope you're all safe during this coming storm too. About 6" of snow expected here. It's supposed to hit many areas pretty hard, I understand.)

Gasp! I just realized, I forgot about leaving business cards! I'd better dash down there during the blizzard today and make sure I put some on the table, so the throngs can pick them up and rush home to call me!

27 comments:

  1. Congrats, Katherine. I hope everything will go well for you. Best wishes, Sadami

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  2. Hi! I like every l'il nugget you present in this posting! I know those feelings....even the blizzard stuff.....and appreciate the joy associated with having even the potential of having the work seen. Nice.

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  3. Your gift tags are awesome....the perfect touch to your beautiful work! Make sure you take plenty of business cards....what could be better to do in a blizzard, but attend an art show!!

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  4. We are a funny group, aren't we? Your display looks great. Hope you move some work and stay safe and warm!

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  5. Hi Katherine!
    Your gift tags are a very creative idea. So beaultiful…
    I hope the storm doesn’t disturb you.
    We are having a very hot spring, I don’t like when the wether is so hot…I Feel very tired and don’t have energy to paint.
    I like when you say that you enjoy the process, it is very important!
    Congratulations!

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  6. Dear Katherine - good luck with your art show - also stay safe friend...your storm is just starting to arrive here - predicting about 2- 4 1/2 inches...will see - sometimes the weather people are wrong!! Hugs

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  7. Katherine, what a great idea! Sort of a little "hint, hint" idea that might make the difference in a sale. Of course the snow would pick this weekend to arrive! But, if "the throngs" can't make it this weekend, hope they can make it next weekend - good luck!

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  8. Oh to be thin and pretty like you!! Ok, aside from that, I had to smile at your tongue-in-cheek last paragraph. Since I do have one of your beautiful works of art, I'd say the throngs would be smart to take notice of your space. It does indeed look lovely and I do so love the gift tags too. A perfect complement to your paintings. Wishing you beaucoup sales!

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  9. I love the gift tags. I hope you sell everything!

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  10. The best of luck to you with the show, Katherine!!! The gift cards are so unique!! love them AND don't forget those business cards!!!

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  11. Qué divertida eres Katherine contando esas simpáticas anécdotas de esta exposición. Una presentación bien estudiada y original con esas tarjetas. Te felicito.
    Después, espero que al menos hayas vendido alguno de tus dibujos, aunque tanto si se vende como si no, el buen momento ya lo has pasado. No? Va bien vender, aunque sea uno, al menos para abastecerse de nuevo material.
    Un saludo.

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  12. Josh's Comment Translated:
    What fun these are Katherine telling funny stories in this exhibition. A well-studied and original presentation with these cards. I congratulate you.
    Then at least I hope you have sold any of your drawings, though whether sold or not, the good time you've already spent. No? It will sell well, even one, at least to stock up on new material.

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  13. Oh my gosh, forgetting your business cards does need correcting. Future commissions will come from them! Hope the storm wasn't too bad to drive through.

    Love how you did the tags to go with the pictures and the pictures do make a very nice grouping!

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  14. I can feel your excitement, wishing you a lot of sales and satisfaction at the end of the show. The tags are so cute.This reminds of myself putting up all of what I made on my apartment wall in Mumbai and kept an open house, funnily I sold them all and got more commissions :-) True, wherever you display, the spirit is most important.

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  15. I hope you make a lot of sales despite the horrendous weather Katherine. I hope the storm didn't hit too hard? Hard to imagine while everything here is dry, brown and hot.

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  16. Lovely and humorous post , had a few chuckles along the reading :-)) Love your thorough
    preparation of the exhibition, so true to you style. The vintage tags are awesome , great idea...might copy it !

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  17. Hey K!

    Your display looks great! I hope a few art lover's made it out to find you and your business cards.

    Love those gift tags! SO creative!

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  18. Yeah, except the jokes on me! One of my drawings sold yesterday! The art club just called to tell me. :)

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  19. Congrats for your sale Katherine. Love your gift.

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  20. Beautiful presentation Katherine! Congratulations on your sale, I wish you many more! I hope the weather has cleared too.

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  21. They look fantastic and congrats on the sale!

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  22. Felicidades Katherine por la exposición. Tu siempre tan creativa, saludos

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  23. Like that idea of using parts of antique envelopes to make gift tags, and also like the way you have placed them next to the frames without actually tagging them.

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  24. Great idea! You really thought it through, except the business cards ; )
    It is this kind of thinking that makes them unique to you. People remember that stuff.

    Congrats on the sale and many more to come!

    I like to attache a printed self-adhesive label to the back with the same info as a business card, printed on my home computer, when I frame or have framed.
    Also I glue a paper sleeve to the back and slip a signed 'plate' in it with my thoughts (same as my blog postings) about the specific work. Collectors love to see theirs personalized.

    Oh yes, artists are funny people. Other than commissions and commercial work we will create, put time and money into it, then hope they sell. Otherwise we worked for nothing monetarily! Who does that? We crazy!

    Stay safe, stay warm and ...

    Keep painting (drawing) ...

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