Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Painting in Public as Self Promotion
Yesterday was my first day as a visual prop in the window of Shiretown Books, where I have my cards and many of my kirigami works for sale. (I didn't think to take a picture so this one is me working in another window.)
We put up a sign in the window announcing: Greeting Card Artist Here Today. I brought my watercolors, the design I am currently working on, as well as a few older completed designs. I just sat in the extra chair behind the counter and painted all afternoon while Kelly, the owner, did her thing ordering and selling books. We chatted a bit on and off. It was a terrific way to be out with people instead of alone and isolated in the studio.
It was a great success, besides being fun. Many people came over to see what I was doing and asked me general as well as specific technical questions about painting, watercolor, how I choose quotations, what I have to do to make it into a card, etc. Nearly everyone then went to the card display and bought some of my cards. One man even asked me if I would autograph a card he bought! It was great fun.
Kelly has invited me to come back and do this again often. I am trying to think of some other places I could go and "paint in public" as well. Any ideas?