Saturday, July 11, 2009

Middle of July? Wait, what happened to June?

I know I haven't updated in a while. That may be normal for many bloggers, but I had hoped to break free from that crowd and be more consistent. *sigh*

Anyway, I just got home from a wonderful vacation in Arizona with my family. It was a rare gathering of Sweetmans, considering that only Mom lives in Arizona. The rest of us are spread across the Eastern Seaboard, but the lure of seeing each other and all exhibiting in the Art in the Orchard show in Pinetop, Az, encouraged us to unite.

Instead of doing caricatures like I did last year, I opted for
face painting. It's easy,
fast, and fun to do, plus the low costs make it ideal for a quick purchase from parents. The weather in the White Mountains was in my favor as well, since
kids weren't sweating off the colors while I was painting as they are prone to in Orlando.
Along with the faces, I offered greeting cards featuring the colored versions of
the illustrations from the Pinocchio's book. I had Pinocchio, Cinderella, and Hansel & Gretel available, and I worked on this image of Oz while there. For the future, I would like to have more prints and greeting cards ready so parents could buy more stuff while I paint their children. Overall, I did comfortably well, even after taxes, and was able to start on several repairs for my car (battery, brakes, tires...). I need to work more art fairs.