“Just Hangin’ ” & having an Art Booth

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. —

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About Tracy Wall

I'm an artist and massage therapist living in Denver, Colorado.
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