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I'm Done With Clever Titles for Paintings of Chickens

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Chicken. 12x12, oil on linen panel. 2016.

Chicken. 12x12, oil on linen panel. 2016.

Here's the latest off the easel. It's based on a study I did last month, which you can see on the blog here.

I'm trying to get ready for an art fair/show in Seattle in early August, called Magnolia Summerfest. It will be the first real event I've done in the Pacific Northwest, except for a small event I did with the Seattle Animal Shelter earlier in June.

Planning for the Show

The main way I prepare for a show is to go through everything I have available and select what I think will sell. I group these paintings together by size and see where I need more inventory, then I'll create a couple of extras works if needed. I also take the subject matter of the paintings into consideration so, for example, I'll paint some animals to make up the numbers if all the rest are landscapes and seascapes.

 Here's what I started with:

  • Total Inventory around 60 paintings (this is way more than I usually have on hand)

From which I've chosen the following:

  • Large paintings 16x20 and up: 4
  • Medium paintings 12x12 and up: 3
  • Small paintings 8x10 and up: 7
  • Mini paintings 5x7 and up: 10

My goal is to have just a few large paintings, a handful of medium sizes, and lots of small ones (small paintings are much, much easier to sell). As you can see I don't really have enough in the medium category, so for the rest of the month I'll be working to create more.