The good side of course, was the great support of folks who came by and gave positive feedback on all my efforts. The big surprise was how physically taxing the event can be...made no doubt worse by the nerves of a first-timer. But it was a positive experience and one I will certainly do again...already thinking about the art that needs to be planned and painted for next year. Shortly I will have all the 2012 pieces on my website and can begin thinking about my next phase.
Right now is a great time to "make an offer" with your favorite artist if you have admired a piece throughout the year and she/he still has it.
Sometimes an artist will accept payments or even discount work if the buyer is sincere. So if there is something that sticks in your memory or has nagged you a bit don't hesitate to contact the painter and make them an offer...knowing someone loves a piece and offers it a good home is a plus in my book!
So back with holiday thoughts, good wishes and maybe a drawing or two next week. Meanwhile, buy locally, think artistically, and share art generously. All good things while planning your holiday gifts.