Sunday, 24 September 2017

Way too Busy!

That is what September has been like - way too busy!

It started off with the last day of the Saturday Afternoon Summer Art Market. The market was a mixed success; some people did well and others did little or nothing. Visitor numbers were disappointing averaging about 15 each Saturday. I think there were a number of factors that contributed to the low numbers - time of day, morning would have been better - the weather, it was way too hot all summer and - the smoke, for much of the summer the valley was filled with smoke from fires near and far. Well, we tried and might try again next year - who knows!

The following weekend The Creston Art Club had its Annual Fall Show and Sale. Of course, I forgot to take photos as I seemed to be busy whenever I was there. I was lucky enough to sell a few things including one of my painted feathers.
I also sold a small painting that was done during January's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
#981 - Train Coming - 5 x 7 watercolour
I had a nice visit with the lady who bought my painting and I told her and her sisters all about my Watercolour Painting Parties. That worked out really well as she and one sister came yesterday to my first party of the fall.

Sherry and Holly with their Lighthouse Vignettes
Eileen and Barb with their Vignettes
It was a small group (which I am beginning to think should be the norm) and, except for Eileen, none of the participants have painted for over 30 years. I think they were all surprised at how well they did. Holly commented that she hadn't planned on framing her painting but after seeing it completed and matted she said "I think I will frame it after all". How is that for a review?

So the month is nearly over and there still isn't time to relax. I am going to have to start cleaning up the gardens and flowers this week. I am also going for cataract surgery and then, I will be ending the month with another Painting Party.

H'mm - I wonder what October will bring!



10 comments:

  1. Glad to hear that you sold some things at the art show. I can understand how your beautiful feather was snatched up. I'm glad you are finding new people for your classes. That is great and it looks like they did really well. Best wishes for your cataract surgery!

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    1. Thank you Joan for your compliments and your best wishes.

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  2. Well first off am sure the world will be a different look once yiu have the surgery. My hubby is farther progressed than I but something we all will face and they have done she much in that area. Sorry too that this summer was such a beast and hope it is not the new norm. Your feathers are beautiful and creative so, like Joan, not surprised someone wanted one. I am sure you will see more students over the enter as folks always seem to be more on the mood in the cooler months. Bet you get repeats from your previous groups. Got to make you so happy when you see the results.

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    1. Hi Nelvia. I have had so many people tell me that the surgery makes a huge difference and is no big deal - thank heaven for progress in this area. I too hope that this summer was a one off and not a precursor of things to come. I have a number of new students lined up for the fall and the upcoming painting parties are mostly filled - new and old participants - so more happy times ahead. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. The painted feather is very beautiful and interesting. I have never seen it before. Your Watercolor Painting Parties must be fun.
    Greetings from Slovenia, Nadja

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    1. Hi Nadja thanks for stopping by. I am glad you like the feather. If you would like to see some others that I have done just click on the label at the bottom of this blog post. The Painting parties are fun and everyone always seem to be so happy with their paintings. They are a great way to be introduced to the medium. Greetings to you from Canada.

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  4. How you keep up with everything is beyond me, Val...congrats on the sales at the art show and your continuing classes. You're a trooper!!!

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    1. Thanks Win. from one busy lady to another - lol

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  5. Sounds like you're on a roll, Val! And lucky students- they obviously have a great teacher! The feather is great, and I especially love the Train Coming!

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    1. Thanks Laura. I really enjoy sharing and teaching others how rewarding art is so I think I am the lucky one. Glad you like the art.

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