Spring has arrived...finally. And despite the weeding, raking, lawn mowing, dust everywhere, rain barrels out, gardening and and and list of chores chores chores that are never never never done..... I LOVE LOVE LOVE spring.
Once it hits the 60's and the sun is out, I am antsy to get out and start painting. It does make for some interesting deal making in my own head. I am lucky my wife is a supportive partner. She's often the one saying..."go paint". I am blessed.
Besides the home and garden part of spring that makes demands on an artists time, Spring seems to be "Art Season" too. Yes, a wonderful thing, BUT it adds another element to the balancing act. Art Fairs, Mother's Days Flower Shows, Graduations, Studio Tours, Galleries...everyone has art shows in the spring. It's great but it's also exhausting!
In my area Chester County Studio Tour is a biggie. So now add choosing art for shows, framing, social media, website updates and marketing/pr to the springtime list of to-dos...Oh My! Head just might explode....! hahaha
But wait, you'd like folks to show up to this event you're in (for me it is Chester County Studio Tour) and so you gotta post some pictures, and write that newsletter and a blog and go to 1st Friday, network and and and and....
Yep. That's what you gotta do. And that's what you will do..... and when you have that fantastic conversation with that shy person who wanted to ask you something or you see that person walk out of Chester County Studio Tour with one of your paintings with a big ole smile on their face..... you'll be SO glad you did.
I hope you'll check out Chester County Studio Tour on May 18th and 19th. More information is on my Upcoming Events page or just click here.
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WHAT??? Really?? YOU, Sarah Baptist, an urban landscape painter got an article in THE Plein Air Magazine?? Ok...who'd you pay off, sleep with or what?? Just HOW did YOU get an article in a magazine like THAT??
Well, let me tell you.... sometimes.....every once in a while.....when we put our noses to the grind stone, work at something we love, paint, frame, post to social media, do events, take every opportunity that comes our way, smile no matter what, reassess every now and then (and scream and yell and say a few prayers in private along the way)...... sometimes, without trying (hahahaha) a wonderfully good thing lands in our laps.
Four years ago, when I was a year into being a full-time artist, Bob Bahr contacted me via Facebook to do a small piece for the online version of Plein Air Magazine....ie OutdoorPainting.com. I thought it might be a scam. I was very new to the world of plein air and didn't know names of people or artists like I do now. I was also new to Facebook and heard stories of scammers. I'd actually gotten a few of those scam emails from the husband who wants to buy the wife and anniversary present...SCAM...BEWARE! Anyway, after I checked Mr. Bahr out, we had a wonderful 20 minute conversation on the phone, and he did a wonderful piece for OutdoorPainter.com. You can read that HERE if you'd like.
Fast Forward to early 2019: For quite a while I heard nothing from Bob. I wasn't sure if he was still following me on Facebook or not. I just kept doing my thing...painting, posting my work on my Facebook page - Sarahs Art Scene - and a few groups I am a member of. One day a message appeared from Bob Bahr. He mentioned our past connection and that he "sometimes" writes for Plein Air Magazine; that he'd pitched a piece on me ...was I interested. YES!! The rest is history so to speak
I thank Bob Bahr for championing my artwork; for bringing it to the attention of Plein Air Magazine and it's readers. We all need people rooting for us, supporting us, believing in us so we can be inspired to reach for the next rung in the ladder...or dare dream bigger dreams than that!
Since the magazine is in publication I am unable to reproduce the article here for you. Please check your local book store for a copy of Plein Air Magazine. I know Barnes and Noble carries it. IF you want a copy and have trouble finding it, let me know...I may be able to help you out!
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Images from Plein Air article.
Sharing her journey of becoming an urban landscape plein air painter.......