Sunday, August 26, 2012

Art Shows, Painting, and Butterfly Pee

This summer's art shows have been a major let down after the smorgasbord that was Broad Ripple. Will anything live up to the sales I had there? I sure hope so! Not only have the show sales been dismal, my internet sales are in the toilet too. I blame the election and the economy. Hopefully it will pick up in the fall and this Christmas sales season will make up for it. I'm putting positive thoughts out there!

On a happier note I have finally embraced my true love. Painting! Getting the big fat No Thank You from Hyde Park three years ago with my paintings burst my bubble. Then I got so busy with clocks I eventually gave up on ever selling my paintings. But after spending some time at art shows I realized there is no reason I can't make a go at selling my paintings. Just because one show said no doesn't mean everyone will. That same show said no to my clocks last year and it propelled me into larger shows. Instead of searching for that new product, or that new hobby, I'm finally realizing that painting is what I'm good at and what I love. So expect some fun painting updates in the future!

Painting leads us to butterfly pee. What? Yeah. I like to paint butterflies and I was looking through some butterfly books for color reference and I saw a picture of a butterfly peeing. I never knew butterflies peed. I mean, it makes sense, what goes in must come out right? It's just that they are so beautiful and pure looking, it's like a beautiful woman, they don't fart or belch right? Of course they do. So anyways, I give you a butterfly peeing. Your welcome:

The day after seeing that in the book I found myself watching butterflies on my butterfly bush just waiting for evidence that this really does happen. I didn't see it. I guess my local butterflies are more modest and do it when they aren't being watched.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Melting Clock Soundtrack

When I have lots to do and I have to stay up late working I don't think I could make it without listening to music. I tend to get stuck on certain songs or artist. It was Lady Gaga for about a year or two with some Tool, Deftones, and Buckethead mixed in here and there. Right now I'm stuck on Parov Stelar thanks to this Bacardi commercial:

While looking on Youtube for a video of this song that I could share with you I found this next video, it really get's started after the heart fade at :39. I don't think I can accurately describe the joy and wonder I feel while watching this video. It makes me wonder what I've been missing out on on Youtube. You're welcome:

That's what I do while I wait for paint to dry. Really.

I'm afraid the next two may not be as exciting without the awesome dancing but they are good listening.

So if that doesn't make you feel like dancing and painting clocks.....................good! That's my job.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Broad Ripple

The first picture is what the booth looked like at the beginning of day one. The picture below is what it looked like at the beginning of day two. I wish I would have taken a picture at the end of day two of what I had left. I also had extra clocks in the back but went through those quickly.

Broad Ripple was almost a month ago and I haven't given the post show update. Boo.

Basically it went great! So great I almost sold out of clocks. Which is good. But I think I lost out on at least ten or more sales because my selection was so limited the second day. I can't blame people, if you only see six clocks on the wall, you realize you're not getting to pick exactly what you may want. So lesson learned, I'm taking a butt load of clocks to future shows. That translates to a lot of work, but it will be worth it. I try not to think too much about the end of September and into October when I will have three, possibly four shows in a row. That means I'll need about four to five hundred clocks ready to go before that first show because I won't have time to work on clocks en-between the shoes. Okay, no more thinking about that right now.

Broad Ripple was so refreshing. Especially since it was my first show after gloomy Winterfair last year. Everyone was so nice and friendly. The painter next to us on one side was cheerful, and the lady selling unique handmade clothing on the other side of us was super friendly as well. The staff and volunteers at the show were helpful and nice. All the patrons was nice. It was one big nicefest! I will definitely be applying to that show again next year. The fantastic sales were nice too. Zero complaints from me. Even the weather was nice. Hot, but nice. It waited to rain on us until we were packing up the car after the show. I'll take that over rain during the show.

My new display looked and worked great. It felt like people were able to easily walk into the booth and look things over. Not a single molded clock hit the ground. It worked out great having them on shelves on the side of the booth. No one bumped into them. The best part was the booth layout enabled me to relax in my awesome new director's chair in the booth, but out of the way. Wonderful. Plus, I got a nice new booth shot for applications and have been accepted into a show with that new booth shot. So it's good to know that at least one show found it acceptable to warrant an invitation to their show.

My fascination with the other booths is gone. I used to see all kinds of stuff I wanted to trade for or buy. But I'm over it I think. Which is kind of funny, because I was walking around the show looking at the other booths thinking that exact thought when I saw something I thought I had to have. It was a weird wall sculpture. Very industrial looking of a woman's face, a baby doll looking face, and weird metal tubes and gears. It made me think of Geiger. But it was $250. I sent Nick over to look at it and the artist told Nick he would sell it to me for $200. I really really liked it, but the goal of Broad Ripple was to stock up on supplies, pay booth fees, and save some money, so I just couldn't justify the expense. Maybe I'll run into that artist again at another show sometime. I'm becoming so responsible!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tik Tok

Making melting clocks is a business full of waiting. Right now I'm waiting for wood filler to dry so I can sand and paint it then be finished with several molded clocks. I'm waiting for resin to cure enough so I can pour the final coat on three last minute wall clocks that I really want to take to the show. I'm waiting for lacquer to cure so I can move those six clocks and spray the final coat on six more. I'm waiting for paint to dry on the back of 12 wall clocks so I can put the movements in and hang them up. I'm waiting on my almond milk to finish heating in the microwave so I can have my instant coffee "mocha" to keep me awake for the next few hours. I'm waiting on sunlight so I can finish my display. And of course, as always I waited until the last second and am now running on caffeine fumes for the last two days (and the next one as well) to get everything finished up for my show.

No more I say! I will be prepared for all future shows ahead of time. No more last minute spraying, painting, pouring, or cutting. Except for July I have a show every month and three in a row at the end of September into October. I can't dilly dally like I did this time (and the last three before this time. oops.)

Hold on my almond milk is done.

I had a mini breakdown yesterday when I put together the shelves I built. They looked like crap. Really, I just keep thinking over and over, you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig. That's what I had. You can paint cheap wood, but it's still cheap wood. So my Dad offered to help me out with shelves. We figured out a great way to use the extra wall panel I had and attach shelves to that. Now I just have to figure out how to attach the fourth panel to the other three at a right angle. Hmm. My Dad helped me figure it out most of the way but then left the logistics and actual assembly up to me, like he thinks I can build stuff or something. My stats at constructing things that don't look like crap come in at about a 50% success rate.

So checklist for tomorrow. Build base for table and finish. Spray table top. Put table together. Finish display. Pack everything up and put in car. Oh, and drive to boo foo, or more accurately from boo foo and then across the city, to get lacquer and other last minute junk. I will be stopping at Starbucks.

As you can tell my self inflicted ban on caffeine is at a temporary stand still.

I decided to see if my wall panels will fit in my car today, you would think I would have planned for that, but they don't fit. So I will have to wrap all four panels together in a tarp and tie it to the roof of my car. Yep, that will be interesting and I foresee some tears and some swearing, but in the words of Tim Gunn, I will Make it Work!

I haven't had a drink in over a year and I was considering it earlier.

Okay, I need to go see if my lacquer, wood filler, or paint is dry. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

It's Been Awhile

I've been a blogging slacker. It's been three months since my last post. Geez.

So what's been going on in Hilary world? Not too much. Clock sales have not been nearly as good as last year, which is a bummer. I have my first show of the year in two weeks, so I'm looking forward to seeing how that goes. It's The Broad Ripple Art Fair in Indianapolis, IN. This particular show posts the judging scores on-line. I scored the second highest in my category. Pretty cool.

My second show of the year is in June at the Easton Art Affair in Columbus, Ohio. From what I understand Easton is a nice area of the city with a upscale shopping center so I'm curious to see how that one turns out. It's nice to actually have some shows lined up!

I'm on the wait list for The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in July. That would be wonderful if I get the call. I'm planning on being prepared just in case, even if they only give me a week or a few days notice.

I spent most of today working on new displays for my booth. My old walls were so heavy I couldn't really move them or assemble them myself. They were made up of 8 wall pieces and 6 boards plus a Tupperware container full of hardware. The new walls are only three wall panels that are very light and easy to move and 6 much lighter boards/legs plus just a small handful of hardware holds it all together. I set up my tent in the driveway to see how it fits and make sure it will work. What a difference! If I need to do a show by myself now (if Nick has to work) I know I will be able to set up and tear down myself.

Other than being turned down by almost every show I've applied to and clock sales being in the dump things are good! :) I have gotten into running and find it very enjoyable. The kiddos are doing well. Eli only has a few weeks of school left and then he is on summer vacation. He and Karina get along quite well so I think they will keep each other busy this summer.

We had a pair of red finches nest on or front porch and got to watch the babies grow up. We've also kept the bird feeder in the backyard stocked so the kids and I have enjoyed watching the steady stream of bird visitors in the back. 

I'll stop with that because the excitement might get too overwhelming for all of you! I'll post some pics from the Broad Ripple show in a couple of weeks.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New Melting Clock Coffee Table!

I finished my second molded melting clock coffee table this week. It was a custom order and the really cool part was the customer gave me artistic freedom. He gave me an idea of what shape and size he wanted and picked the color. I got to take it from there. It is always so much fun when you get to use your artistic creativity to create something. This table lifted me out of my clock burnout leftover from Christmas and I'm finally looking forward to starting to work on my inventory again. Now if only I can get accepted into a show..............



Sunday, January 22, 2012

My Clocks Are World Travelers

My husband bought me a large map of the world for Christmas. I've been wanting one for awhile to keep track of all the countries I've shipped my clocks to. I finally finished putting the stickers on it tonight. 35 foreign countries and 49 states, all but North Dakota.

 Europe likes me:

 Not much action in South America, two so far:

 Australia loves my clocks:

Not much in the east. Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea:

Come on North Dakota, you can't hold out forever! To be fair, I only went through my invoice books for the last three years, that leaves out the first two years of clocks sales.