Funk in the City Art Festival is tomorrow. It’s my first show for the year actually. I’ve got some new paintings I’ve just varnished and I’m hoping they find new loving homes.

I talked about in my last post the paintings on wood. I’ve got those all varnished up and ready to go. The varnish really just adds an extra pop to my paintings. I usually give a painting two or three coats of varnish. First, I start with a gloss varnish and that brightens the paint and makes it have more depth. After that has dried for several hours, I add a satin varnish and sometimes two. I get many compliments on the finish on my paintings so I think I’ve got a good system.

Paintings drying on work table after being varnished.
Finished paintings getting a second coat of varnish in my art studio.

This week the weather man has been up and down with Saturday’s weather predictions. So I’m really hoping we have good weather for the Funk in the City Art Festival tomorrow. It seems like it’s always a crap shoot.

Outdoor art shows are at the mercy of the weather. I have a tent with sides and weights, but it’s misery being out there in the rain especially if it’s windy. With it being Spring, you never know what kind of mixed bag you’ll get. As of right now it’s about a 50/50 chance of rain. That’s a real bummer.

If the day starts out in a downpour, I’ll probably bail and not do the show. However, if just a light rain is expected later, I plan to go ahead and set up

I punched up the colors on this fern frond yesterday.

womp womp…

An artist has a lot to lose attending any type of outdoor show. Getting rained out and a tiny crowd is obvious. But there are other factors in losing out besides the weather.

We pay a booth fee and a jury fee just to get in the art show. If we’re not accepted into the show, you lose your jury fee. That can sting. If you get in the show you pay the booth fee plus the jury fee and that can be several hundred if not more depending on the show.

Funk in the City is rain or shine. Last fall when I did the show it drizzled all day. The crowd was lean. I did okay considering it was rainy but it certainly wasn’t great.

It’s tough selling art online and art shows and festivals are one my best way to sell my art. Meeting and talking with people who are interested in my art makes such a difference. I love to meet new collectors and I especially love to see my past collectors come back to see what’s new. I tend to become friends with my collectors.

New painting in progress with studio dog, Zoey, under my work table.

Social media is quickly getting overcrowded and it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle or else you have to pay quite a bit to make any kind of noise and get noticed. Do you ever long for the days when everyone wasn’t glued to their phone? I do. The internet has changed things for artists for the better, I won’t deny that. But it has also created a monster along the way. *sigh*

Funk in the City Art Festival Tomorrow

Well anyway, I’d love to see your smiling face there if you find yourself in downtown Evansville. Funk is really a fun art show and it’s always my favorite because of the music and vibe it has.

You’ll find Funk at the City at Haynie’s Corner and I have a map of the festival on my Events Page. Get more information there about all my events. Don’t forget to stop and see me! I’m booth #146 and I’m behind the fountain.

For more information about Funk in the City, go to their webpage here. In conclusion, you can see a list of all the artists there as well as food and drink vendors and music info.

plant paintings for sale online
Some of my paintings. See more in Available Paintings, just click image.

Learn more about me here. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery.

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