Here are some of the paintings sold during my two recent out door shows. The show I was in this past weekend, the Summer Art Market, was a weather disaster. If it weren't for the fact that many art collectors attend this show, rain or shine, it would have resulted in zero sales for me. Fortunately, with only three hours remaining, I did sell several paintings.
At one point, the rain was coming down so heavy that the water flowing down the side of the street came about 3 feet into my tent. "A River Runs Through It" came to mind. Last year we had a near tornado, this year buckets of rain. Some tents collapsed under the heavy downpour.
So why do artist do it? Go through all the work of setting up a booth, subject their work to possible wind, rain, bumps and scrapes? It's more than just selling the work. It's also the connections you make by being "out there," the camaraderie among fellow artists, and meeting the people face to face who love your work.
As usual, after the show, my husband materialized to help me tear down. Then we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant - I picked up the tab.