My First Art Fair

 Photo from Day 2

Photo from Day 2

This past weekend I participated in my first "Art Fair." Three days later, I'm still recovering and possess a newfound respect for people who do this every weekend. Because holy cow it's a lot of work. Fun? Sure. But a lot of work. 

Here are a few of my initial takeaways:

1. You (okay, I) need a lot of help. Help from really great friends. Like the kind of friends who will show up to help you move. On a Saturday. In the middle of the day. In the middle of July. Thankfully, I have several of those in my life and there is no way this past weekend would have happened without them. I owe you all a move one summer ;)

2. Good weather makes everything better. Memphis heat and humidity can be oppressive. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and with the exception of Friday night's downpour, the weather was nearly perfect.

3. "Selling" your own art is weird. This was the most difficult part for me and probably deserves further exploration and its own post.

4. I had a surprisingly good time talking with people and learning about their lives, their horses, pets and experiences. It is refreshing to realize most people are incredibly kind and supportive (even if they don't want to buy your work.)

Thank you to everyone who stopped by, bought work, or helped in any number of ways. I appreciate you all so much! xo

 Prepping.

Prepping.

 Packaging. 

Packaging. 

 Boxing.

Boxing.

 Day 1 setup.

Day 1 setup.

 I've been working on this portrait for a while now and look who stopped by to see me. Couldn't have planned it any better :)

I've been working on this portrait for a while now and look who stopped by to see me. Couldn't have planned it any better :)

 Setting up while the sun was coming up.

Setting up while the sun was coming up.

 And packing everything back up.

And packing everything back up.