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Lessons from a summer of art shows

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Lessons from a summer of art shows

My goal at the beginning of 2020 was to get out and show my work at events. Well...Covid had other plans and we we all know how that year went! So 2021 was the first year I really got to participate in art shows and events. I have done 11 events over the spring and summer, and as I wind down for the year I figured I'd write up some notes here, both for myself and others who may be looking to get into the KC art scene next year! I had a goal to do on average 1 event a...

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Secret Artist Pet Portraits

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Secret Artist Pet Portraits

I recently offered my time, supplies, and talent to the Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter's Secret Artist fundraiser. A neighbor of mine is heavily involved in the group and had asked me to participate this year. Painting pet portraits is totally out of my wheelhouse, but I decided I was up for the challenge! I was assigned two commissions: a dog and a cat. I did 3 thumbnail sketches for each one, working out what colors I wanted for the backgrounds and for their fur. Then I used the fancy LED light pad my husband got me for my birthday to...

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First First Friday

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First First Friday

First Fridays in the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District are kind of a big deal. The neighborhood is known for having numerous art galleries, and many of them stay open late and have special events on the first Friday of the month. The city closes some streets to have pop up booths, music, and food vendors. And it's packed with people! Driving through the Crossroads (or anywhere near it) is nigh impossible on those nights. It's been a few years since I've been to a First Friday (because fighting crowds makes Jen a grumpy grump grump), but I'm familiar with the event's...

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Summer Small Works Show

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Summer Small Works Show

I have two pieces that will be featured in the Summer Small Works Show at the Kansas City Stockyards Gallery! The show opens tomorrow, July 16, and runs through August 13, and it's my first time being part of an in-person juried art gallery show. The opening reception is tomorrow July 16 from 5-8pm, and is free to attend. I'll be there at the beginning for a bit!Both of my featured paintings were created in one layer by palette knife with watercolor paint straight from the tube. Watercolor is a fascinating medium and I love the surprises it creates. And even when...

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Weekly Summary - June 18 2021

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Weekly Summary - June 18 2021

Well, it's been a few weeks since I posted one of these. Whoops! I was super busy with the weekend art shows and still recovering from the weeks of insomnia / the new meds. Last time here. I haven't been painting a ton because we've been really busy. I have events every weekend this month, and it's been super hot so they're wiping me out. I have done pretty well at the ones I've had so far though! Food. Art. Drink. was very successful. I made almost as much in sales that weekend as I made all of last year!...

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