Saturday, October 15, 2016

My First Art Festival!!...and Some Other Happenings

It's been a long time since I've posted and lots has been happening. The summer has been art filled and I've been busy.

The older I get, (and I just had a birthday in September...#73!) the more difficult it is for me to find time for everything. I know I've said this before but it's true. My blog suffers from neglect as I stay busy in the studio.

Last month was the second annual Generations art show. Art was shown at Legacy Commons and across the street at the Palmdale Playhouse. There were three categories: ages up to 17, ages 17 - 54, and ages 55 and older. It's always great to see the younger people's art.

I entered three pieces and they were all three accepted...and I won 2nd place in the 55 and older group! This was my winning entry...

This is Ancestral Home. It's 11" x 14" unframed. It has a LOT of texture and I must have explained how I did it about a million times that night. Everyone was interested in this piece.
Then this month, October 8th, we had the first Kaleidoscope Art and Music Festival. The city is hoping to have this become an annual event and from the turnout this year I think it will be. I had a booth, and got my first experience at an art festival. It was scary at first when I agreed to do it but as time went on and the date got closer I felt terrified, anxious, overwhelmed, and then over the last few days before it happened, I got calm and decided that everyone had to do their first festival. I just decided to have a great time no matter what happened.

These are some shots of my wasn't easy to get photos due to the sun.

In the photo above,
I sold the tree painting in the upper left...

I sold the green painting in the upper was the last one I finished before the festival. The blue painting at the bottom was one of the pieces I entered in Generations. And the B&W piece was one I entered in the fair this year and won 1st place with.

I sold the painting in the upper left...(the upper left area was good for me!) That piece was one I entered in Generations and you can see the piece that won 2nd place right next to it.

Here is a closer photo of the tree painting I sold...

I sold the painting in the lower left...
it's the one that won 1st place at the fair
a couple of years ago.

I also sold a couple of other smaller pieces that don't show up very much in these photos. All in all it was a FANTASTIC day!! 

A huge thank you to everyone who bought my art...wherever you are, and also special thanks to everyone responsible for Kaleidoscope 2016. I hope it continues for many years and I hope to be a part of it. 


  1. Janet, I'm so glad to see your update here. I was recently thinking about you, that we hadn't seen or heard from you lately. So, yay!

    Congratulations on doing your outdoor festival. That's a huge commitment (financially and physically with the set up.) Your body of work has grown tremendously and that piece, Ancestral Home, has really shown a great leap in both style and skill. It's terrific and I can see why it's attracting so much attention -- it's definitely attracting mine!

    I'm glad to see you aren't blogging much because you have been so very busy doing your work and trust all is well elsewhere!

  2. So glad you are posting again Janet! And what a post! I love your booth and your paintings. Beautiful, colourful work. It doesn't surprise me one bit that you sold so many of your paintings. And congrats on the prize wins too! My favorites are the detailed ones: the green that you sold, and the black and white that you won a prize with. Would love to see a close-up of these...

  3. Absolutely STUNNING...ALL OF IT! I saw about 15 pieces I would have wanted in my home had I the room!! Most of the large ones...but the small ones are gorgeous too! It was so nice to be able to click on each one and get the juicy details...Oh I feel so inspired. Janet this truly is your style... I feel the fruition having watched you grow all these years!! Wow... LOVE IT ALL so much! I am so picky too!! Your booth must have brightened so many hearts when they saw it!! It truly makes me happy to see it all laid out!! FABULOUS!! All my friends would have been attracted to your booth. A few would have bought the birds and other pieces too! Thanks for sharing... I feel charged up...thank you!

    Hugs Giggles

  4. wow janet so good to hear your update and congrats on doing all the above, and achieving so much! Hope to hear even more good things in your next update! Your booth looks so colourful and I think I recognise some of the pieces that youve shown here to us here on the blog.

  5. Fabulous Janet, I am so happy for you that you sold some of your work. YOu create such beautiful work.


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