I got to enjoy a rare occurrence for the August long weekend – a house completely to myself! Obviously, I have been home during the day by myself, but never overnight – either the kids or my husband were at home too. But now everyone was up at the cottage and I was busy finishing artworks for the Oakville Art Society’s Art in the Park event on the Civic Holiday Monday, August 5th. This art show was quite unique (I thought) in that it only allowed original fine art (no crafts) and no reproductions larger than a small greeting card size. It was juried, and this meant that there was a large variety of artists participating, from sculptors to photography to paintings. The event also charged admission ($5), which meant that the visitors were there to deliberately see art and were more likely to want to shop!
The weather was fantastic and I was lucky to be in the first early morning (6:30am!) shift to set up. There was a bit of traffic madness trying to get into the park and then trying to get your vehicle out of the park, with all these white pop-up tents (mine included) springing up like mushrooms on the grass. I had rented a cargo van since my mini-van was up at the cottage with the family – it was a beast to drive, and I kept having panic attacks about running people/tents/art over as I tried to manoeuvre it.
Aside from the cargo van issue, the set-up went smoothly and I had added a few things to my display since the Port Credit show. I now have a lovely sign with my colourful ‘brand’ sunset painting with my shop name ‘Lexi Reid Studio’ on it. I attached the sign to the tent with bungee cords through the grommets and it added a bit of colour to the otherwise bland white tent.
I continued my love of bungee cords inside my tent. There was a big blank space above my display table, so I hung three encaustic mosaics in a row above it using the bungee cords. Luckily, my mosaics are pretty light weight as they are “made from paint, paper and wax” (a phrase I seemed to keep saying all day long… probably in my sleep that night too).
You can see one of the mosaics that I completed the day before – one of my first horizontally hanging encaustic mosaics, “Thought & Memory – Black Opal.” It has a Pop Art theme to it, but is even brighter than the one I sold at the Port Credit show.
You can see from the close-up of the mosaic pieces that the abstract painted portion also had scribbles drawn on the Terraskin with Neocolor watersoluble crayons, and then the encaustic paint was brushed and fused over top. I like the child-like quality of these squares, mixed with the bright comic book and vintage 1950’s housewife ad images.
It was a steady stream of visitors all day. I managed to stand outside briefly and snap a photo of the crowds of people. While the sun was quite warm, there was a good breeze coming off Lake Ontario to refresh you.
My surprising big sale of the day was my encaustic collage, “Briar Rose’s Garden.” I had created this collage two winters ago for the Milton “Heart to Hand” art show. I always display this piece on a wood easel (it’s solid wood and very heavy) at the front of my booth. People love to touch this piece as it contains real brambles, leaves and feathers, plus the encaustic wax surface glistens like butter. While I’m very happy that this collage has found a new home, I’m a bit sad to see it go – it was a great poster-child for the encaustic collage technique. I guess I’ll just have to make a new one!
Next art show – Imagination 2013 (runs Aug. 12 to Sep. 08) at the Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke. You can see my other new encaustic mosaic, “Thought & Memory – Fire Opal” (also featured on their blog page) on display.