It’s autumn, y’all! My favorite time of year. As you are reading this, I will be in Italy for a family trip that was postponed last year, due to covid. We will be visiting friends who live in Rome, spending a day each in Venice and Florence, and the remainder of our trip walking the streets of Rome.
To say I’m excited would be an understatement. The art and history alone will make this a spectacular trip, but I also hear the food, wine, and espresso are fantastic. I have never been across the ocean before, so this is going to be an exciting experience.
I have packed a sketch journal and look forward to sharing my travels with you when we return.
Artist Residency at Wood, Metal, Clay
My residency at the showroom ended this week. The experience of having a public studio space was invaluable on many levels. I was able to work without distraction and establish a consistent schedule, resulting in tremendous productivity and inspiration. It was extremely helpful and gratifying to be able to discuss my work with clients coming into the showroom. My work is very different than what most people expect to see in our area and it was interesting to have feedback on my portraits. I particularly enjoyed hearing that one of my paintings disturbed one of the gentlemen I talked to because that indicates that I had captured the model’s story much better than I had realized.
I have been ordering merchandise samples the last couple of weeks so I can start offering some affordable options for supporting my art. I was very pleased with the quality of the coffee cup, but need to work on some image edits to improve composition.
I purchased a tank top and a zipper hoodie from a local print shop, but the price point is higher than I hoped. I may have to have shirts printed from an online shop in order to keep them affordable.
Also on my list of merchandise are note cards, enamel pins, and stickers. One friend requested a puzzle and I have a sample book on the way. What kind of merchandise would be appealing to you?