[Admiring the October page of her nature calendar. It features stunning tree reflections in the pond at Wilson Farm Park. The image was taken back in 2013 with my…wait for it…FLIP PHONE! Remember those? You know how I always say: you don’t need to break the bank on camera equipment for great photography? Pennsylvania Autumn Reflections is a classic example]. Anyway…where’d September go??? The leaves are transitioning into regal golds and reds. This is when the air should be crisp. So how come people are shopping for Christmas cards in 90 degrees? This isn't even Florida! But it's never too early to get a head start on your holiday shopping (even if you need a shower after an afternoon stroll down a vendor-packed street).
Nothing puts yours truly in a holiday mode like going through the winter inventory! The cards look amazing, even if I say so myself. So does wall décor. You've got Pennsylvania birds, flowers, landscapes, and a few surprises from across the Atlantic. Whether matted, framed or metal, my prints are an excellent addition to your home or office not to mention gifts! Remember: my images can be printed on a multitude of products including throw pillows and tote bags. To show you that I practice what I preach, I kept my red tulip tote bag. It never leaves my sight and comes with me everywhere, from the supermarket to the beach! I can honestly say: this tote is the perfect travel accessory.
As much as I enjoy promoting my photoart locally, I'm thrilled when my artwork has an international reach. One of my prints, Girls Night Out featuring a black and white rendition of a bunch of close-knit dogwood blooms looking like they're having a good time, has found its way to Switzerland. Another framed piece, a collage triptych featuring one striking Myrtle Beach Sunset, is going to Ghana! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that my artwork would end up in Africa. Having my photoart enjoyed all over the world is incredibly exciting, rewarding, and humbling. It may sound like a cliche, but seeing that happy look on the customer’s face when he/she has found the special piece is what fuels my passion.
I keep on pushing my creativity and exploring new venues to share it. 2018 was all about getting my feet wet (but hopefully not the inventory). I started off by participating in juried art & crafts shows in Chester County, eventually extending to Delaware County in the summer of 2019. Every venue and visitor to my booth has a distinct flavor. Some come determined to find that special piece for their space or someone else’s. Others just want to browse. I've had a few photographers share their images. All are welcome!
So, what happens in October? Nothing. This is my month of rest. NOT. The time between shows is spent organizing and re-charging my batteries for the next one (Easttown Library, November 16th). I did miss an October event which my husband thought would've been great, if not for the little fun fact that he told me about it AFTER the application deadline had passed. I keep an eye on local happenings, but this time it was hubby who happened to discover a new venue. Imagine my shock when this piece of intel came from a guy whose ideal art show is the one that gets rained out and canceled! Let's face it: who wants to be carrying racks, tables, sand bags, dealing with tents, especially in triple digits or when show schedule conflicts with his soccer coaching or - as in the last couple of cases - both? Not this guy. But he does it anyway. If all that nightmare of insane logistics, extra driving, heavy lifting and set up/break down on steroids just to help his "artsy-fartsy" wife isn't love, I don't know what is. With our 16th wedding anniversary fast approaching, the one question I keep asking myself is, How’d I get so lucky, Rob Costello?
Until the next show.