Eenie, Meenie, Mynie
Oil on canvas, 36x60
In the past few weeks, I've had two shows that have showed me that there's more success possible than I ever imagined.
The market was tumbling and the economy crumbling in 2007 when I left the editorship of the paper in West Warwick, RI, and set out to Wisdom, Montana, on my first painting trip. The radio reported financial disaster after financial disaster, as I drove west.
A year after that trip, I went back into journalism, working for Patch.com. When I left there a few years ago to paint full-time, the economy had hit bottom and was just beginning to be healed.
So I've never been involved in shows when the economy has been strong. I've heard tales from other artists, but have not really believed them. I still don't believe the hype - but after the past few weeks, and the Paradise City and Omaha Summer arts festival, I have a new idea about what shows can be.
At both shows, I had good sales. Steady sales. I didn't wait the entire show to sell one painting. In both these shows, people came into my booth, loved my art, and bought it. It was pleasure for all of us, and an eye-opener for me.
Click here to check out the Happy Buyers page on the Jacobson Arts website!
And, in addition to buying my art, and telling me how much they liked it, the people of Omaha were as friendly, polite and pleasant as could be. I felt welcomed and appreciated. Thank you!
***HERE ARE SOME photos from the Omaha show
My booth in Omaha
Comic book characters roaming the show,
to publicize a comic-character murder mystery play
Some Friends of Bill W., who stopped by my booth
Saturday morning rain... People came out in surprising numbers, in spite of the weather!
Dog of the Day
There were lots of dogs at the Omaha show, including these two, happy to be on a bike!
A Final Thought
"The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it.
The strokes come like speech."
- Vincent Van Gogh