I decided that February was my month to try to finish as many of my stalled projects as I can. Some were home renovations others are pieces that I have started and not completed and a few are to fix tools that have broken or damaged.
The “major” stalled project wat to finish the master bathroom. This one has been in progress for a year, other things are more interesting and I always find a convenient place to say it can wait. Lucky I have a very, very patient wife. I ended up installing in floor heating and tiled the bathroom and walk in closet floor. Still need to build a vanity so it looks like it will spill over to March. I did complete a few things, I repaired my Air Brush compressor, fixed a ship vac, and repaired the tile saw. I have yet to complete any more paintings but that will come in the next few weeks. I spent some time going through my workshop reorganizing parts of it (Not being able to find what I needed, but knew I had was the real reason) but I count that as a win.
I also looked into a few new options for images on my web site, adding an in room view using a product called Canvy. It is a cool product and I will start to incorporate it into the site in the future. I have been in contact with the developers since it does not support some of the art I produce like the Driftwood Frame series, I have offered to be a prototype user and shared some of my art images with them as they develop the enhanced capabilities.
I need to clean up the open projects before the weather turns and I want to make more art projects.
Before the next outdoor market I need to print more of my cards, I also plan to offer them on my site in the near future.
The first winter Art Market at the Strand Center for the Arts, was a held on February 13th, during one of the coldest day of the year. It was -6(f) at the start of the day and the temperature rose to 10(f) by the time the market closed . It was so cold that as I assembled my display stand the Zip Ties broke every time I used them. I was able to bend the Zip Tie in my hand and they would just snap. I had to use bent paper clips to hold the display together.
I decided to adjust my normal market display to keep it as simple as possible. Didn’t use my EZ-Up because I didn’t want shade to keep things cold. I used 6′ wire closet shelves in a triangle formation to work as display stands, prewired the paintings to be easy to hang, and added a weight to the bottom. That worked surprisingly well, my customers were able to walk around and see paintings on each side, I will use it again. Add in a table with my cards and I was set to go in about 30 min.
The best sellers were cards and I sold 4 paintings of various sizes. From this experience will have to start offering cards on my web site.
Late last week I got a surprise! The Strand Center for the Arts is going to hold a series of 9 outdoor markets for 2021.
Now this will be an experience, since it is an outdoor market and the temperature is supposed to be a high of 7f (-14c). I will have to dress warm and I plan to keep the setup as simple as possible. It will be a table with small sculptures and my cards and 2 of the wire walls to hang some of my Driftwood frame paintings. I will also have a center table with a bin of my smaller works. This will keep the setup and tear down simple and avoid manipulating the EZ-up in the cold.
I did finish off a couple of paintings and frames just for this event.
Date/Times: • February 13th 10am-2pm • March 20th 10am-2pm • May 8th 9am-2pm • July 3rd 9am-2pm • July 10th 9am-2pm • September 11th 10am-2pm • October 30th 10am-2pm • November 27th 10am-2pm • December 18th 10am-2pm Location: The Artisan Market will take place at the Strand Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St, Plattsburgh. It will be on the front lawn of the Art Center. All vendor spaces are 6 feet apart, adhering to Market Safety Guidelines.