Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Meg at the Mirror is one of the small pieces I'm preparing for the Cherry Creek Art Festival in Denver.
For about 15 years I made my living selling my pastels through galleries and outdoor art festivals. During those years, there were probably about 10 festivals in the US that required original only work, no reproductions, and those were the shows I preferred. People were more knowledgeable about art at those shows, and were more willing to pay for it. And the chance that I'd wind up parked next to someone selling bird houses made of popsicle sticks was pretty slim. Not that there's anything wrong with making bird houses out of popsicle sticks.
But about 4 years ago, art sales slowed down, hotel and gas prices leaped, and art festivals started doubling their booth fees. It was getting harder and harder to make a profit. Especially when you consider how much of my time was spent traveling to and from the shows, which were in Denver, Sausalito, Chicago, Miami, New York... So I started teaching instead, which turns out was a good choice.
But I miss driving cross country. I thought I'd give it a try again. So I'm headed to Denver in July, with a van full of small framed pieces and plans to enjoy time on the road with my husband. Would love to see some of you there.
Cherry Creek Art Festival
July 3, 4, and 5
Posted by Margaret Dyer at Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
TIRED OF GREEN is a 5x7 pastel on Pastelbord.
Everything is green. Magazines tell me how to decorate green. Grocery shelves are filled with new 'green' household cleaners. Makeup is green. Cars are green. I'm turning green. Sorry. Not feeling too politically correct.
Posted by Margaret Dyer at Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
JESSICA is a 5x7 pastel on Pastelbord.
Jessica posed for a class I taught a few weeks ago at Rome Street Gallery and Art Supplies, in Carrollton GA, 10 minutes from my home (that's a plug for you, Pam), which just moved into their new home on Bradley Street. Lovely people who own the business.
Posted by Margaret Dyer at Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
After years of drought, we in Atlanta are getting days and days of glorious rain. First thing I do every morning is fix my coffee and take it with me as I walk through the garden to see what surprises await. My 3 cats (Raindrop, Frou-Frou and Boo) inevitably appear from nowhere and follow me around, Raindrop always underfoot and in my way if I decide to pull weeds. After an all-night rain like last night, some things have grown 3 inches overnight. It's incredible. Can't wait to go out tomorrow morning. And we're expecting 3 days of rain!!!!!!!
This of course has nothing to do with my Sleeping Nude. Just felt like writing.
Posted by Margaret Dyer at Tuesday, May 05, 2009