Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ludlow Art Market

Well we were up at the crack of dawn (well 6.30am) it was freezing cold and dark-but we were well wrapped up and by the time we had set up the stall the sun was shining well and it warmed up a bit.
There was a spare stall as someone hadn't turned up-so I put some extra paintings out on there--it looks far better to have a full market than empty stalls! There were lots of enquiries about the workshops and paintings.A couple came along and loved the new Silver Birches that were hung outside on the stall-they went away to think about it-came back with their friends for another look, then came back for them--as they came into the stall to pay-they spotted the triptych of Brown Birches-and decided to have those instead as they would match their front room.
The monochrome ones were to hang in their kitchen! So the birches are off to Cheltenham to live.

I managed to paint a small oil in between chatting to folk--and it sat on my easel with a note saying "please don't touch -wet paint" .Along came a couple from Manchester who loved it-and wanted to buy it--I explained it was wet--but I hadn't got another small one with the same colours in-it match another painting they already had at home, so Bill found a box to put it in and keep it safe on its journey to Manchester tomorrow! Hope they keep the box up the right way!

We met another artist there called Dan-who painted the most beautiful paintings of cows--I couldn't believe that he hadn't got his own website yet, and this was his first market.
I pointed him in the direction of one of the best websites around for showcasing your work  I have sold lots of my paintings through there.Its easy to use even if you are not very computer illiterate like Dan! I am artist of the week on there this week so must try and get some new paintings on there! So Im looking forward to seeing Dans website soon--we are staying in touch with each other--Ive also pointed in the direction of the SAA -the society of all artists-they are excellent for art materials, a great magazine "Paint" every other month and also you get your public liability insurence included free when you join as a gold member, so well worth doing if you are going to do craft markets etc.
Im looking forward to hearing from Dan soon to see how hes got on with everything!

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