|'Scrappy' - custom portrait in ink and gouache approx 7 x 8 inches|
So, after posting and creating every day for the month of November, I decided to take a wee break for a week or so. Not that I wasn't being creative but it was more about printing and labelling and pricing stock for the Caithness Horizons Christmas Fair which was on Saturday 7 December. It took me the best part of a week to get everything ready.
The fair took place over two different floors and various different rooms of the building - which is a sort of tourist information/museum/art gallery/cafe/shop. My stall was in the art gallery bit - hence the beautiful landscape painting above my head in the photo. I got asked twice how much it was and had to say (through gritted teeth) that unfortunately I couldn't take credit for it as it wasn't mine!
To be honest, it was a bit of a let down. It seems that it wasn't very well advertised other than on Facebook and really, the demographic likely to frequent such fairs may not, in all fairness, be very au fait with social media.
It was only after one of the other stall holders complained that someone went and put a sign outside the building to let folk know the fair was on inside! Even then it was lunch time before someone thought to put up another sign to let the same folk know that there were more stall upstairs (where I was). There was the usual ebb and flow of people but, by all accounts, not nearly as many as there were downstairs.
|My wee stall|
Anyway, I sold a few greetings cards (one to a woman who, got to admire her honesty, stated it was so she could copy the zentangle style Christmas tree on it and use it for her own cards!) and one of my original gouache dogs on the brown card (half of which I'll give to the rescue centre the dogs come from) so after deducting the price of hiring the table, I didn't exactly make enough to retire on. Still, every cloud has a silver lining and one of my sister's old school friends saw the photo of my stall on Facebook and has commissioned me to do a doodimal portrait of one of her dogs!
The portrait illustrating this post is another pet portrait I've been working on this week which I got via my Etsy shop of a wee cutie called Scrappy. I really enjoy doing the custom animal portraits and am looking forward to starting the next one - a wire haired dachshund this time.
Although this is an early posting, I'll be linking to Paint Party Friday come Friday as I missed last week and I'll do my best to do the rounds and see what everyone else has been up to in art blogland this week.