The local artists’ group, Artists of Franklin County, had our monthly meeting this month.Â It was a pleasure that someone else chaired, prepared the agenda, sent out the reminder notice, set up the next date and will write the minutes.Â This is great news for the viability of the group!
Your suggestions were very helpful!!Â Susan Elkin helped me pull together the paintings, prints and merchandise – to have a good selection but not too many.Â I wrote all your suggestions on a piece of paper and went through and looked at them to see how to include them.Â Then I wrote a brief outline, starting as a child, and going through “where from here.”Â Susan let me practice twice on her … both times it was different.Â Today was yet another version of course – but still using the same (very brief) outline.
It was a small group but they said they really enjoyed it.Â They let me talk for quite awhile and then started throwing lots of questions at me.Â It was interesting – most of the people stayed for close to an hour after the meeting ended and kept talking about ourselves.Â I think that was a good indication that it was helpful to the group.
For me it was useful to see I have a story and that it is interesting to hear. I could do it again with a lot more ease.Â I can also see that places that I can work on to clarify what I might want to say.Â Whew!Â So now I feel more prepared to go talk … I think I need to think more about how to talk about my work in greater detail … the process and what it means to me.
This is one of my paintings on merchandise that I brought today to show as an example.Â This vibrant, colorful painting of In the Garden is now on a tile in my CafePress Shop.Â Â Here is the link for this lovely tile.Â I think it is pretty cool – I hope you like it!Â Â In the Garden is also available in many different sizes. Email me if you would like to get In the Garden as an Art Card, ACEO for $6.Â Just ask!
In the Garden Tile Â© Diane Clancy
Thanks so much!!Â Thank you for stopping by!
~ Diane Clancy