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Comment by Jason O'Dell on June 22, 2014 at 11:17pm
Well I'm pretty new to all of this and I look forward to learning from all of you plus hearing what everyone thinks about my paintings. I just started painting about 8 months ago. Thanks in advance.
Comment by C Z Williams, Painter on May 21, 2014 at 1:48pm

Hi Mary,   Welcome.  This is a great artist website. Your work is beautiful.  You have the same interests I have, camping & fishing!  Too bad we're 3000+ miles apart!  I live in Florida now but miss the mountains very much!  Too crowded & noisy here.

I too took many years off from painting to raise my family as many artists did, but the urge to paint never leaves you.

Comment by Mary H. Kimmel on May 20, 2014 at 6:45pm

Hi to everyone! I am new to artfairinsiders, until recently I didn't know the group existed. I took 35 years off from painting and the art shows, I know some of you probably were not born then LOL. With my move three years ago to Oregon and the beauty of the land and sky I was moved to paint again. 

I hope you will befriend me . . . even tho I'm ancient!

Comment by Ernie Komarek on May 12, 2014 at 1:06am

Howdy painters,

I look forward to exploring past posts and learning more about selling paintings at art fairs. My first venue will be at the Farmer's Market in Great Falls, MT. I've walked through it a couple times in past years and found lots of artists and craftsmen than I expected. My daughter and  son-in-law live nearby and so I'll be staying with them and building my first booth there. Luckily my son-in-law works for the C.M. Russell Museum and has lots of experience in framing and setting up shows. I also like to go there for inspiration. I hope to learn a lot this summer before diving into the art fairs and look forward to learning from the artists here, too. Maybe someday I can be of help to the newbies coming on board.

Comment by carrie jacobson on March 21, 2014 at 11:07am

Has anyone tried Classic Artist Oils? http://www.artistoils.com/index.html

Their prices look pretty good - certainly I can buy small tubes before I go buying quarts or gallons, but I'm curious if any of you have any comment on the quality of these paints? Thanks! 

Comment by Susan Spohn on March 21, 2014 at 10:09am

I love Daniel Smith oils. Rich and buttery...

Comment by Amy Fletcher on March 21, 2014 at 9:48am

I'm still experimenting with different brands.  I loaded (I mean LOADED) up with Shin Han oils from Korea because it was on clearance at Jerry's Online.  Some of their colors are interesting, others kind of strange.  Anyway, if money were NO object, I would probably buy Lukas or Grumbacher oils.  I've recently purchased Classico from Italy because it was on sale, too, and it is quite nice.

Comment by carrie jacobson on March 21, 2014 at 6:28am

Painters! Your favorite place to buy paint? Especially if you use lots of it? 

Comment by Amy Fletcher on March 20, 2014 at 8:21pm

Hi Everyone,

I am still an "emerging" artist and entering my second year in the art fair circuit.  This year, I will be heading to Florida for my first show at the Santa Fe College Spring Art Fair in Gainesville.  I do not know much about it, but what I liked is that had an interdisciplinary catagory which means, if you dabble in other things besides just painting, you are encouraged to do so!  So, I have been dabbling in encaustic which, I feel, is a natural progression (or digression?).  I like the challenge of mastering a new media.  After Florida, I will be hitting some shows I didn't do so well at and others where I actually won my first award (first year out, no less...I was very honored).  Anyway, I am very happy to join the group and I hope to meet some of you as we go into the high season of ART FAIRS!

Comment by Michelle Powell on January 3, 2014 at 8:39am

Following Connie's directive to introduce myself. I am a portrait artist in Virginia. I have a day job in corporate America to keep it steady. The last few years I have been taking my art to the Farmer's Market locally that allows self made things other than food. It's been better than galleries and customers do know I'm there and will comment if I'm out for a week or two. Doing what I do, they also have to think about having a portrait done and may take a summer or two to think about it.

Recently I have branched out a bit to include visionary/spiritual artwork and portraits. With this I have copyrighted images that I can print as cards, bookmarks or small prints. I have done art all my life and portraits since 12. I sell fairly regularly and have lectured, taught, led foreign art tours, done solo gallery shows, so consider my self professional, if not established. I am really unsure about branching out of my area entirely and haven't been doing traveling/outdoor shows much, so really consider myself a neophyte to the modern market. I did get a swipe reader for my phone this summer, which came in handy.

I am truly hoping for help and advice on new markets and the smartest ways of working this venture. Thanks all- it is good to see the creatives!

 

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