Just Hangin’ (sold)
24″ x 18″
oil on panel
(c) 2010 Tracy Wall
I was talking to my friend Sara and she was asking if I enjoyed having a booth at an art festival like I did last weekend and meeting all the people. I haven’t done a huge number of outdoor art festivals, but I’ve done my share.
I have to admit, when I started doing these, I just hated having to chitchat and make small talk. I was uncomfortable with the whole “selling” process and just wanted my work to speak for itself by jumping off the tent wall and into the arms of a collector in love with it.
These days I’m much less averse to it. I have more realistic expectations, and adapt to the show atmosphere easier. I don’t know if I’m getting better, but I’m certainly more comfortable with it all.
I try to avoid just sitting in my chair and watching the people go by. I’ll stay active during a show and move around constantly adjusting, straightening, reorganizing bin work, always looking busy.
(Though this past weekend, when I needed to sit for a few moments of down time, it just got me thinking that sitting there I wasn’t too different from an animal in a zoo watching people walk by my little 10’x10’ cage, pointing and looking. Not that I would expect festival-goers to do anything different, but it was an interesting comparison to ponder. Sometimes strange thoughts cross my mind.) :)
Maybe it’s getting easier because I like my art better. When I’m more comfortable with my work, I’m better able to talk about it feeling more at ease. That’s certainly a factor.
I’m still unsure if peddling at an art festival like this is the best way for me to find my audience, but I’ll continue a few shows a year for now.
— I really like how the colors on this one developed. Click on the image then click again to see it clearer and up-close. —