Joys of Outdoor Art Shows


The Summer Art Market was a huge success - I sold 14 paintings, but it was not without its harrowing moments!!! Saturday night it hailed 6 inches just a few blocks north of where the show was set up. Hail FLATTENS tents.
On Sunday, the skies got darker and darker. We could see rotation in the ominous purple clouds above us, then a white tornado started to form. We could see it above our heads and everybody was taking pictures of it. The sirens were wailing. It was eerily calm - like all hell was about to break lose. I wanted to run for cover, but this customer was deciding about a $600 painting. She was sending a picture of it to her husband with her phone and waiting to hear back from him. The whole scene was surreal.
She bought the painting. The storm never had an actual tornado, but strong winds tore down some trees, and, miraculously, all that happened north of where we were. All we got was another deluge of rain. I had to move all my crap (cardboard boxes, chairs, umbrellas, stuff) that is normally outside the tent to the inside, and it looked like a disaster zone. Sold 3 paintings to people who just wanted to get in out of the rain. LOL

12 comments:

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Carol! You are indeed a saleswoman! On the other hand, I believe your paintings sell themselves, too! Good story!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

WOW!
I am so proud for you.
14 paintings? It is an amaizing show for any artist.I am so happy that its happened to someone that I know.
Big hug, Irit

Sheila said...

oooo... what a gorgeous set up you have. I'm sure you did very well.

Jane Hunt said...

Carol,
I loved reading your account of the craziness this weekend! What I didn't mention really in my account was that my van's fuel pump broke Sat. on the way home - so I switched cars Sun. and got a flat tire on the way home!! I don't think I've ever had quite so many disasters, natural and otherwise, in one weekend! Still, it was a great show - glad we both did well, and I really enjoyed meeting you:)

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Girl, CONGRATULATIONS! I'm not surprised! So glad you didn't blow away in the process! It was good to see you at the show...

David Larson Evans said...

I'm impressed.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

I love this story Carol, and your photo is beautiful! So glad that it all ultimately went well, sales and all...congrats!

Joanna said...

Very impressive story! Good job, Carol! Your arts are great always.

Kim Davies said...

LOL, Carol...what a funny story :) Although I've never experienced a Tornado, I am well versed in sudden changes in weather (living in Australia - fires, floods, hurricanes etc). I can only imagine the scrambling, lol.
This is not the first time I've visited your blog, but this time I will add you to my links in my own blog...I love your art. Fantastic stuff. Congrats on your sales also :)
Kim Davies.

Carolina said...

Carol, this is all surreal, unbelievable... the weather is so crazy everywhere (I don't know if the weather is just like that all the time where you live, but it is crazy around here).
No surprise you sold all those paintings, they are lovely, and so original.
Best regards,
Carolina

Vern Schwarz said...

These paintings look awesome here, and congrats on the sales. Weather strikes again, but it looks like it helped you out a little here...ha!

Art Students League of Denver said...

Glad to hear that you sold well--and the tornadic activity actually benefited you!

Cindy
ASLD Marketing Director