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Why Come to an Art Festival?

As an artist, you spend countless hours in your studio. Hours developing the story behind each drawing. Days working endlessly creating the perfect drawing, ensuring even the tiniest of details – the ear hair on the kit fox – is just right.

So when the time comes, and we are out at the local art festival – it truly is a festival. A time to breathe in and enjoy the people who come out to look at all of the artwork. But for me, it’s much more than that.

In my own circle of friends, I can be fun and social. However, even my close friends will admit that I am not the life of the party. It isn’t all about me. I am slightly reserved and shy, letting the spotlight rest on my friends, while I sit on the sidelines and laugh and encourage them to take that spotlight.

When it comes to my artwork, there is an intimacy that I share with the rest of the world. Sharing my artwork exposes me to criticism and applause. Art critiques and Art enthusiasts. But what it has done for me personally is silently improve my ability to believe in my God given talent. I’ve had no formal education within the Arts. It has provided a foundation for me to build my confidence, and allow me to grow and to be able to talk about my artwork.

Most recently, while attending the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, Texas, I was speaking with an artist friend of mine. We both agreed – the very best thing about participating in Art Festivals is the opportunity to meet and identify with the crowd.

Cottonwood Art Festival

Where else would I get all of the positive feedback, to encourage me to continue drawing? The Art Festivals are an opportunity to connect with individuals and share my story behind each drawing. To see the look of appreciation, amazement and joy as the collector falls in love with my drawing. To have someone leave with one of my drawings in their hands – and have the honor of them hanging my artwork in their homes – to me that feeling is worth all of the long hours in the studio. That feeling doesn’t come from a Gallery, or a Museum Event, or an Opening Artist Reception.

So the next time you have the opportunity to go to an Art Festival – check it out! You never know the impact you might make on someone’s life.

 

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Making a List (And Checking it More Than Twice!)

23Making a List!

Within the last two weeks, I’ve taken an online seminar to improve my planning and implementation. After all, without planning, you just won’t get to the next plateau!

Believe me, I love planning – and I think I’m pretty good at it too. But a little shot of adrenaline from a few well placed blogs and such is just the cure to boost your business.

While I’ve found several articles helpful, this checklist, posted in August by The Entrepenette, really spoke to me, and I felt compelled to share it with anyone interested in keeping their marketing mojo in line and moving forward.

To learn more about The Entrepenette just click on the name.

Click on August-Checklist to download

American Bison

 “Call of the Wild” Graphite Drawing by Geri Dunn
Call of the Wild

The American Bison is a symbol of our culture, when the West was once wild and untamed, and these magnificent beasts would spend the warm hours of the day resting, chewing its cud or wallowing in dirt.

Females and young males may live in groups of up to 20 bison. Males also can live in groups of up to 20 males, or they can live in smaller groups or individually. Mature males and females usually live apart except during breeding season.

It is during the breeding season that one might have the best opportunity to hear these big guys bellow. When a female runs through a group of males, the males often respond by bellowing and fighting each other.  While one may think that the loudest bellows impresses the ladies, researchers actually think the low deep rumbling bellow wins the girl every time.

This completed Graphite Drawing is available. Completed size is 12 x 16.

Exploring Texas

The Rolling Hills of Clifton, Texas

Today we made the day trip into Clifton, Texas to drop off some artwork for the Bosque Museum show. Exploring the back roads in and out of Clifton it is no wonder that Clifton is becoming a popular tourist destination. Clifton is that rare small town gem which seems to offer a little bit of everything for those wishing to leave the stress of city life for a relaxing, fun-filled time in a nostalgic country setting.

As for entertainment, Clifton has been called one of the “100 best small art towns in America,” and is known throughout the south for is its diverse art colony. Clifton is home to the Bosque Art Center, one of the finest community art complexes in the state. The Art Center boasts an impressive permanent collection of art, a live theater, photography exhibits, a multitude of classes, and special offerings.

For the outdoorsman and hunter in the family, Bosque County offers a multitude of wildlife and game ranches teaming with deer, birds, and exotics. The camper and fisherman need look no further than nearby Meridian Lake, Lake Whitney, or the Bosque and Brazos Rivers.

Clifton is only 30 minutes away from Waco and midway between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin at the top of the beautiful Texas Hill Country… Just perfect for a day trip!

America’ Horse in Art

Some Call Him Naughty

Wow! As August 16th quickly approaches, and I see the roster of all of the talented artists participating in the American Quarter Horse Museum’s Annual Art Show, I am truly humbled and excited to be a part of something so unique.

I have three pieces submitted, including the drawing above, titled “Some Call Him Naughty”. The opening reception is just a couple of weeks away, beginning on August 16th and should be a ton of fun!

For more information, including all three of my drawings submitted for this show, click on the picture below.

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Ruidoso, New Mexico

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Being an Artist has a lot of advantages over other jobs.

At times, it’s an indoor job. Other times, it’s an outdoor job. Sometimes you put in hours enjoyably in your studio, while other times you log several hours a day promoting your artwork. While the miles logged in getting to an Art Festival can be brutal, along with setting up my portable gallery, there certainly are perks associated with showing at these Art Festivals.

This past weekend, I participated in the Ruidoso, New Mexico Art Festival. It was an honor to be in the company of such fine artists. But the perks for me was going to one of my all-time favorite destinations.

Having stumbled upon this wonderfully charming town 1-1/2 years ago, it has tons of charm, as well as fantastic restaurants and shops. Plenty of fishing, 4×4 Jeep Trails, and skiing in the winter. If you want to indulge in horse racing – they have that too!

Next time you want to plan a get away – think of Ruidoso, New Mexico as your next destination. And if you plan it on the last weekend in July, you can take in the art show as well.

Enjoy!

 

Seasoned Hand

Seasoned Hand

Cowboys – steady, quietly confident and honest.

I love these qualities in a Cowboy. When I started this drawing, those qualities came to mind. Whether this Cowboy is silently waiting to move the herd, or counting down the last cow before suppertime, I think the “Seasoned Hand” epitomizes the Cowboy Way of Life.

This drawing is 12 x 16, drawn with Graphite Pencil on Bristol Board Paper. This particular drawing took on average, about 65 hours to complete.

To view this drawing – and all my drawings – check out my website: Geri Dunn, Western Graphite Artwork