Boy, have we been busy. Baseball, golf, and regular living. Gene has been building a storage shed. Baseball involves 4 trips to Austin a week .. about 45 miles each way, time for the game and time to eat! So much fun. though. Golf takes time, too, but we are outside and walking some. All golf courses are so beautiful and quiet. Good for the mind. That is, if you don't take it seriously and just enjoy the fresh air.
In the meantime, I have been painting and getting ready for the show. If you don't make public appearances or entertain groups, you may not know what is involved. Here is a little of what goes on for an artist, at least for me. Umpteen hours involved.
- Painting the paintings. That is what it is all about, right?
- Taking photos of the art works.
- Sorting, resizing, posting to the web in my blog and on my website.
- Putting the photos and information in my art list data base, inventory.
- Gene does the framing. Involves getting frames, glass, mats, foam core, wire and preparation. Some are framed against the glass, some with no glass, etc.
- Make painting tags for the back of the paintings.
- Make bubble wrap packages if I don't have enough to transport them safely.
- Make invitations, print, stamp and mail. Update list.
- Make e-mail newsletter/invitation. Update list.
- Make posters and deliver with hand out invitations.
- Make laminated cards for the tables at the restaurant, show will be up a month.
- Make business cards.
- Sometime at least a month before the show write and send a news release, with photos of artwork and a photo of me for the newspaper and local art magazine.
- I'm in the Chamber of Commerce, so a release for their calendar.
- Make and print brochures, involves resizing photos and updating information.
- I'm having a raffle in conjunction with the restaurant so I need to make raffle tickets and a gift certificate. It is for charity, the Family Crisis Center.
- Also a door prize, more tickets.
- Make tags for the wall identifying the paintings, price and a short message.
- Receipts and red dots in case anything sells!
- The restaurant is doing the food, but I had to get glasses, plates, napkins, wine, candy/mints.
- Tablecloths and serving platters.
- Hang the show on March 15. Great to have Gene to help and support me! Thank you, Gene!
- Show up for the reception on March 17. First time ever that I don't have to make food of some kind. Wow!
This turtle was at the golf course again. It must be the same one that stayed out when all the others dove in the water. He just is not afraid of golfers looking for their lost golf balls. :) That gunk is so awful looking and hard to get rid of that he is surrounded by. It is the opposite side of the lake from where "he" was the other day.
Gene found these buzzards on his bike ride. He was pedaling along and saw them. At first he thought they were turkeys, they were so large. Not!! Just buzzards dining on a dead animal of unknown species. Not my favorite thing, too bad the photo isn't a close up for Chuck Law. He likes buzzards. :) He is also a great artist. I love his shells and more.