Thread painting over watercolor of Roseate Spoonbill.
Thread painting over watercolor on 11×14 cotton. Crane-like Limpkin in water.
Chirping Meadowlark in 5×7 inch thread painting on cotton. Waterolor painting before thread work.
night eagle feather 8×10 inch. Rose gold thread colors free hand embroidered on black.
thread art 5×7 inch of painting on cotton
Thread painting on 8×10 black canvas as rose gold eagle feather.
I’ve added a few more birds and feathers for art shows. Over the six art shows I have done (and, only one more to go in April) I have sold 35 pieces of art. Most of the sold ones are the little ones but that is expected.
One little change I made is now having only framed work in my booth. Previously I did sell unframed originals in a bin and decided not to do that any more. Another little change is avoiding art shows with car shows attached. I have been doing okay selling art except at those types of events that are more “family festival” than “art show.” This is a learning experience and fortunately I still consider it fun.
My biggest selling event was at Lake Wales, Florida. I don’t know why it was so different from all the rest (except, no kids activities and no car show). This was the first time I actually got nervous that I was selling too much.
I’d like to think my art work is improving with all the challenges I am putting myself through and I seem to never exhaust my supply of ideas. Of course, I get requests: pelicans, swans, loons, fish (really?), and a manatee. This gives me pause for thought. It is time to think about what my “series” will be for next season. After making a list, it seems I will have to whittle it down a bit. Logically, it seems I should continue on with what was sold, and I may a bit. Here is a brief list:
Purple flowers in pots, an owl and owl feathers on black, a guitar on black, gechos (lizards) done on colorful batik fabric, Midwest birds, Florida birds, sunset over the gulf and camping (lots of photos), Colorado mountain scenes (lots of photos), beach scenes, etc. If I do five different photos in different sizes for each series that gives me 45 pictures for next fall-winter-spring. Will I get them done? Who knows!!
Presenting my latest work called either I am the Heron, or Lavender Sky over Heron Pond, this is a 24×20 inch thread painting over ink drawing and watercolor paint. The unframed photo on the left shows the work before thread painting.
This new thread painting is ready for the SunCoast Artsfest on January 21st and 22nd. It is the first time I will show work without glass over it. Here’s hoping for no finger marks in spite of the request to “please do not touch.” There is not enough time to get a custom frame ordered for this size and still have it in the show so I am going to present it with an unglazed wood frame I have on hand.
More fine art festivals
Meanwhile, I have been applying to other fine art festivals in the area. This week I was accepted into the Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County at the Bradenton ArtCenter on February 25-26th; the Leesburg Art Festival on March 11-12th; and the 9th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival in Riverview, FL on March 25-26th. There are a couple more shows applied to that I haven’t heard from yet and April shows I decided to wait on pending the outcome of the January art show.
Retail Coming Up …
I will soon have a booth at the Village Sampler shoppes in Winter Haven. Since I have an inventory of hand sewn art pillow covers and table linens from craft shows, this will hopefully be a good outlet. I will also try to sell thread paintings that don’t fit my “body of work” theme and some of my experiments. And, there’s that massive stock of vintage linens I was collecting. I’ll be including the best vintage pieces at booth 307. However, you won’t see any current art festival work or things like “Lavendar Sky” there. There are interesting art and fine craft booths there along with vintage which makes this MALL quite different from others I have seen.
The Village Sampler is at 155 Ave B., SW in Winter Haven. It is 2 blocks south of Center Street and near the intersection of Ave B, SW and 2nd Street.
Hopefully, the walls to my booth are up and I can get it stocked by Friday the 13th. Hmmmm.
To begin, a photo taken by Jan Herman in the fall of 2014 and a visit to Silverton in 2016 is the basis for painting “Silverton”. The finished fine art size is 11×14, framed.
The painting is watercolor and acrylic media with the painted details done randomly. In addition, other details are thread painted in shades of yellow, orange and green leaves for the aspen. Also, the trees are painted in shades of gray and mauve. After painting, the entire art is quilted with colorful threads through multiple layers of cotton and batting.
Capturing a feeling
My hope is to capture the colorful aspens and sun streaks passing through the trees to the dirt and gravel road. My husband Ken and I traveled that fall day outside of Silverton, Colorado exploring the forests and rough roads. Furthermore, in the background, mountains peeked above the trees and contrasted with the blue sky and clouds. Most noteworthy, it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day.
To explain, this is my first full water media painting. Normally, I only paint the background to add color basis. I have plans to paint more pictures to quilt. The benefit of painting first before doing the quilting, is to randomly accent the character of the painting and to give a dimensional quality to the art. Part of the effect is to isolate certain colors. Further, the thread painting makes a water media color more intense, or with my road colors, lessens some colors to moderate shadows.
Finally, “Silverton” is the first of its series. There are more Colorado themed thread paintings and quilted art planned for this series. I am focusing on aspen trees as well as other art in the series that will be mountain and forest scenes.
Here is a new booth shot from November 21 craft show in nearby Winter Haven … another Florida craft show. Of note, I added three thread art pictures to this show and sold 2 of them. The promoter reported 6000 in attendance. If that is true, my sales were not great. It is tough out there for everyone in the land of forever craft shows: every weekend, somewhere.
I know going to craft shows in Florida is cheap entertainment and the majority of the (maybe) “thousands” that attend are not buyers. Given that and all the work and expense involved you will have to think I am crazy for doing it. Yes, I am “sew crazy.” The best part is the attention to my craft, the nice words and, really, it’s not their fault they can’t afford to buy anything.
I’m thinking about summer when I’ll have time to create. I have an idea for a smaller, non-framed product that I will be able to make available to interested people, but in the $20 range. No time to do it now as I have another Florida craft show on December 5-6th in St. Cloud and then December 12th in Brooksville.
If you follow my shows, I hope to see you there! The “sandpiper” is in the works yet but I have three more pictures ready: a large shore bird with its reflection in water and two 8×10’s featuring a snowy egret in sunset on one and a blue-throated hummingbird on the other. I’ll show them on-line if I still have them after December 12.