Have You Seen This Bird Before?

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in your brain on art | No Comments
Have You Seen This Bird Before?

My habit, these past few days, has been to crash on the couch about an hour or so before bed, put some British crime drama on the Netflix, then sit there and sort of watch tv while I do an outline sketch. The object of the sketching game is to draw something completely out of […]

Top 10 Questions #2: How do you make that thing?

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in art in tents | No Comments
Top 10 Questions #2: How do you make that thing?

Here it is, the second installment of my thrilling series: Top Ten Questions Never to Ask an Art Fair Artist. Forbidden Question number two is, “How do you make that thing?” This is a tricky one because it’s close kin to a perfectly welcome question about an artist’s process. As an enamelist, I frequently encounter […]

Craft Boston Review Spring 2012

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in art in tents | 3 Comments
Craft Boston Review Spring 2012

Part of my genius plan this spring when I first decided to try a few well known indoor fine craft fairs was to approach this as a learner. Well, Craft Boston turned out to be quite the learning experience. In fact, this one show ended up costing me about a semester’s tuition at my local […]

Top Ten Questions to Never Ask an Art Fair Artist

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in art in tents, your brain on art | 2 Comments

Part 1 Art fair organizers love to crow about how great it is to go to their shows, where you can meet real-live artists face to face! It’s better than a trip to the zoo, because when you taunt these captive creatures they won’t, usually, throw their feces at you or go hide in the […]

Why lie?

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in art whore, your brain on art | 2 Comments
Why lie?

My most recent show I was next-booth to a guy who only sold one piece all weekend. Still, when people wandered in to admire his amazing work and ask him, as far too many people do, “how’s the show going?” he always lied: “Great” he’d say to them, with a cheerleader’s enthusiasm and a hooker’s […]

Amoebas in Boston

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in art in tents | No Comments

The amoebas got some love back in Boston last month. Me, not so much. I’ll be reviewing the show soon.

The Commodification of Everything

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in art whore, your brain on art | No Comments

Dorothy Parker said: “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” Do you ever get the feeling we’ve taken her advice too literally? That people with money are the only people we do look at? The subject of money is so vast, money itself […]

ACC Baltimore Retail Craft Show 2012 — Review

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in art in tents, art whore | No Comments
ACC Baltimore Retail Craft Show 2012 — Review

The American Craft Council show in Baltimore was my first indoor fine craft fair. It’s a long trip for me, but this show is rumored to be one where its high participation cost can be more than compensated by high sales. That didn’t turn out to be true in my case, or for many of […]

Chelsea Bird

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in the enamelers | No Comments
Chelsea Bird

Chelsea came all the way from Rhode Island to be across the aisle from me at the ACC show in St. Paul. It was really handy, becauseĀ  people made a bee-line for her booth, where she explained to them what enameling was and how it worked. Then, by the time they ambled my way, they […]