Artsplosure; New Work in Progress

Well I forgot to take my camera to Artsplosure, so I'm afraid no pix to show you. I didn't have many sales, but I did have a couple of good ones, which made up for it.

Saturday was uncharacteristically hot and humid (95 degrees in May? Puh-leeze!). I was in a mostly shady spot and still felt like I was sitting in stew, so I can only imagine what the artists in full sun were dealing with! Sunday was much more comfortable and forecast thunderstorms thankfully stayed away until soon after the show closed. Then, right on cue, the sky turned black, growled, spit lightning, and the heavens opened. My ever-resourceful husband, driving from home to help me tear down and seeing the blackening skies, had somehow managed (not QUITE legally I think) to finagle a parking spot just a couple of minutes from my booth. So we were able to dolly everything to the van without having to wait around for the officials to open the street, and avoided the inevitable pandemonium of dozens of artists trying to load up their vehicles at the same time in torrential rain. We were packed up and out of there in a record 45 minutes, with only our last couple of loads - canopy, tarps and us - getting soaked. Home is just 20 minutes away, so we were high and dry with hot choccy in hand in no time!

Here's another close-up flower painting that I had started last week, showing a couple of layers of wax and dye. In these early layers I'm applying color randomly, but just making sure I distribute the accent turquoise fairly evenly around the piece to keep the eye moving.

batik painting in progress
batik painting in progress