Last Saturday I had a wonderful time at the Elder Street Art Market! I have gone to this market for the last few years and have always thought to myself, “I should do this.” So, this year I took the plunge and reserved my booth in October. I think I really decided to do the market after I went to the Influence Conference in September though. Seeing what others had created and listening to their inspiring stories at the conference helped me stop making excuses and start moving forward.
Over the last year I had been playing around with hand lettering verses, collecting catchy little phrases, and purposing to draw more, so I decided to move some ideas past the sketch phase into more finished works. I scanned finished drawings into my computer and had fun manipulating them with photoshop.
I also formatted some of the word art and made them into pendant necklaces. Each one is watercolored and I love how none of them are exactly the same.
I finished seven more paper mache mounted animal heads! Above is how far along I was on the Friday morning before the market, and below is the afternoon progress. It was a painting marathon and it was totally worth it for all of the positive feedback people gave me! I will definitely be making more.
The giraffe went home with a soon to be mom to decorate her baby boy’s safari nursery! It was so much for hearing how the people who bought my art were going to display it. After putting so much time into the pieces, it’s a little hard to see them go, but also really fun when the person buying it is excited.
Headbands and Infiniti Scarves where also part of my booth and were perfect for the chilly day we had.
It was a busy two weeks leading up to the market, and I was tired and stressed, but it was every bit worth it. I was so blessed by all of the encouragement and kind words I received by close friends and complete strangers. I definitely feel I am heading in the right direction using my artistic talents and am excited for opportunities in the new year!