I won’t find out till March if I get in to this art show I applied to a couple of months ago, but I’m cranking on production like I will. Not because I’m any sort of optimist, but because if I do get in, I’ll have three months to get ready for it. Which seems like a lot of time unless most of what you make involves entire days when it has to just sit and be left alone lest you smear your glitter.
This I have learned about art/craft shows; be ready. You never know how it’s going to go. It could suck, true. But it could also rock and you will feel like an idiot if you didn’t bring enough stock. Especially if it’s a well established one. People go to art shows to spend art money. Not yard sale money. So bring your A game no matter what. And don’t apply to anything that isn’t juried. Non juried art shows are not always flea market type affairs, but don’t hold your breath. If there’s a Mary Kay anywhere on the list of vendors, skip it. Those are glorified yard sales, and if you expect to get actual money for your time and effort you will likely be disappointed.
So the nicho factory is hot. I’m at a stage with my Six Buddha Happiness nicho where it’s finally starting to look like something, I’ve started a Guanyin out of an old metal jewelry box, I’ve got a bakers dozen minis getting painted up to be turned into what I don’t know yet, and another one of those sewing table drawers about to get the first layer of paint to become a nicho dedicated to the dead. Any dead, really. There’ll be calaveras, terracotta warriors, ravens, and the like, with space for a small photo and votive so whoever buys it can honor their particular ancestor.
I know, I’ve gotten you all excited and I have no pictures for you. Fired! I will though. Probably tomorrow or the next day. In the mean time, have this…